Luke Hartsuyker (at rear) surrounded by his supporters for the charity bike ride back in 2011.
Luke Hartsuyker (at rear) surrounded by his supporters for the charity bike ride back in 2011. Bruce Thomas

Cowper MP gets on his bike

COWPER MP Luke Hartsuyker has donned the lycra and started his annual three day charity bike ride through the electorate.

The 250 km ride got underway in Maclean this morning and will finish in Kempsey on Friday, April 5.

All funds raised this year will go to the Mid North Coast Disabled Surfers' Association, Kempsey's Macleay Vocational College and the Maclean Hospital Auxiliary.

This is the fifth year Luke has completed his bicycle ride. Luke thanked the bcu - the Bananacoast Credit Union and Milo - who have both agreed to again be principal sponsors of the ride that covers more than 250 km ride.

McDonald's has been joined by HLV accountants as associate sponsors of the event.

Mr Hartsuyker will ride through Ulmarra and Grafton today and then onto Nana Glen.

Tomorrow he'll ride from Nana Glen to Macksville via Coffs Harbour and Urunga.

Mr Hartsuyker many bcu branches would be hosting morning and afternoon teas in order to raise additional funds.

"The Disabled Surfers' Association do some great work providing people with disabilities the chance to go to the beach and get in the surf," Luke said.

"Such activity is not only physically beneficial but it has the capacity to improve an individual's confidence.

"The Macleay Vocational College primarily focuses on students who are at risk and who otherwise would not receive a school education. They have delivered some great outcomes for many students.

"The Maclean Hospital Auxiliary also do a fantastic job supporting this vital facility."

Anyone who wished to support the ride should contact his office on 66 526233.

Donations can be made electronically by transferring to the DSA/MVC at the bcu BSB704328 and account number 222737.



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