White Lioners To Raise Money For Defibrillator

Friday, 27 March 2015
The pressure will be on the Portland White Lioners this year after assuming the mantle as the town’s sole team in the Murray to Moyne cycling relay.

The White Lioners hope to raise enough money for a new defibrillator at Portland District Health (PDH),

There will be 10 riders and five support crew in the 530 kilometre March 28-29 relay from northern Victoria to Port Fairy. Unfortunately the Portland Aluminium relay team won’t be taking part this year but hope to be back in the saddle next year.

We're down a bit this year, Lioners team member George James said. Normally we aim for five in a group and ride for an hour and have two hours off. Because we have a smaller team we won't get the respite that we normally get.

But we've got a very good bunch of strong riders so that will help, he said.

Most team members ride all year and have increased their training to 150-200 kilometres per week in the lead-up to the relay.

Despite the challenges, the team is determined to do what it can to raise funds for PDH and hope to raise $13,000 for a new defibrillator.

PDH is using an older style defibrillator which was purchased a number of years ago.

As PDH is now seeing patients in ED who attend with more complex conditions that may need to be transferred out, we must upgrade our defibrillator to ensure we have the capability of managing their medical conditions, Director of Nursing Ros Alexander said.

The defibrillator we plan to buy is lightweight, compact, has a number of inbuilt capabilities and is recommended by Adult Retrieval Victoria.

The Portland Lions Club coordinates the project, although not all riders are from the club.

This is the 29th time the relay has been conducted.

This is 10th time Mr James has competed in the relay.

It's an opportunity for people who ride bikes to support the hospital. That's the primary objective, he said.

With the help of the broader Lions Club members and the community we'll do the best we can to get as close to that target as possible.

The fundraising has included wood raffles from the Lions Fauna Park, plus other ventures including raffles and an upcoming rideathon in Portland.

People wanting to support the team can make donations through the Bendigo Bank or go online as a donor online for the Portland White Lioners at www.murraytomoyne.com.au/

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