Great Ocean Road Cyclists’ Bushfire Appeal

by / Thursday, 28 July 2016 / Published in News item
Great Ocean Road Cyclists’ Bushfire Appeal - (R to L) AGF Patron Phil Anderson, AGF CEO Phoebe Dunn & Chairman of the Spirit Foundation Clive Goldsworthy

The Wye River and Separation Creek communities were devastated by the 2015 Christmas Day fires, with over 100 homes destroyed and many lives left shattered.

In response to the widespread devastation, the Amy Gillett Foundation called upon the cycling community to help raise funds to support those affected by the fires.

Thanks to the generosity of the cycling community, a total of $4,305 was raised by the Great Ocean Road Cyclists’ Bushfire Appeal.

Amy Gillett Foundation CEO Phoebe Dunn was on hand in Wye River to present the fundraising cheque to the Spirit foundation.

“Today I am pleased to announce that the Amy Gillett Foundation has rounded up the amount raised by the Great Ocean Road Cyclists’ Bushfire Appeal to $5,000,” Ms Dunn said.

“The Great Ocean Road region is a renowned area for cyclists, and was one of Amy’s favourite places to ride,” Ms Dunn continued.

“Without the generous support of the Wye River, Separation Creek and the surrounding communities, our biggest annual event Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo would not be possible.”

“We are committed to supporting the local community, with the event weekend bringing significant economic benefit of approximately $21.1 million dollars to the region every year.”

Clive Goldsworthy, Chairman of the Spirit Foundation was on hand to accept the cheque on behalf of the Spirit Foundation.

The Spirit Foundation is a registered charitable trust established to raise money and provide financial assistance to members of the Surf Coast communities who find themselves in necessitous circumstance.

The Wye River and Separation Creek Bushfire Recovery Committee continues to work tirelessly to identify those in the community most in need and advise the Directors of the Spirit Foundation as to how best to utilize money collected.

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