Organisers of the Mount Isa Border Ride are looking forward to another successful event in 2017 after last year benefitted locals with one child experiencing a ‘dolphin encounter’ she will never forget.
When co-promoter Steve Carson heard Lily, who suffered severe burns in 2016, was a big fan of dolphins he immediately set wheels in motion for her to meet one face to face.
“Lily and her family were going to be close to Seaworld over Christmas so for us it was, as they say, a no brainer,” Mr Carson said.
“Helping those is something one has to experience to appreciate how much it lifts your spirits as well as others,” event organiser Lynda Jones said.
“It would be easy to step out of committees, but seeing the smiles and gratitude from those down on their luck makes every minute and kilometre a pleasure.”
Another 2016 recipient was the Mount Isa and North West Queensland Breast Cancer Support Group thanks to the hard efforts of the cycle team “Muppets on Wheels” who on the day won the best dressed competition and donated their proceeds to the group.
2017 will be the tenth anniversary of the ride and organisers are hoping to make it bigger and better.
Treasurer Teresa Knight is stepping down but she has convinced previous treasurer of five years, Sue Wicks, to resume the role from Cairns.