Total Raised: $120,533
On Wednesday 16th August thirty four riders with a support crew of fifteen, set off from Brisbane heading to Meandarra for the inaugural Girls Got Heart charity ride. The all-female peloton rode 450km over three days, battling unusually high temperatures, strong headwinds and climbing over 3000m and raising over $120,000 for the Heart of Australia which far exceeded the original goal of $55,000.
With a diverse group of people and riders of varying abilities it was wonderful to watch emerging friendships develop. Some of our riders had never ridden before! Taking on this challenge was their first time riding in a peloton and or riding long distances. The realisation that we were all on the journey together, to help and support each other with the shared goal of getting to the finish regardless of experience was a huge confidence boost for everyone.
3 days of riding. Day 1, Brisbane to Toowoomba 165kms. Day 2, Toowoomba to Dalby 120kms, Day 3 Dalby to Meandarra 165kms.
The first night was spent in comfort at the Federal Hotel in Toowoomba, a hot meal delivered to the table and a comfy bed to sleep in after the hard climb of toowoomba range. However the girls and support crew had less luxury on the second night but a lot of fun. They were hosted by the Wheatman Dalby Rugby club and camped out in the club house with swags. After battling strong headwinds to get to Dalby it was a rewarding afternoon of relaxation, massages and Pilates on the grass followed by a hot curry dinner and then the support crew cooked a BBQ dinner for the Dalby footballers as a token of thanks.
After three days of riding and supporting each other, the ride officially finished in the main street of Meandarra. The Girls Got Heart team were welcomed home by the Meandarra community, Dr Rolf Gomes, founder of the Heart Bus and all the clinic staff.
After official photos the girls had an opportunity to walk through the ‘Heart Bus’ and see how the money that they had raised will help the Heart of Australia get more of these mobile clinics out to rural Queensland communities.
Then it was time to saddle up and ride the final seven kilometres to the Uralla property where the idea of Girls Got Heart was born just months earlier. Scott and Anne-Marie Attwooll and the Meandarra community hosted a dinner to celebrate the achievements of us all. We had a home cooked meal, a bonfire & lots of wine and beer to warm us up. We slept in the shearing shed, woke to a magical sunrise before heading back to Brisbane on a bus with bikes and bags packed away until next time we ride for rural health.
“Of all the many gestures of support from all the communities we visit, this magnificent ride effort just blows us away and my team and I just can’t find the words of appreciation it deserves; it’s a wonderful, humbling thing, such determined support for our work for the people of the bush – thank you.” Dr Rolf Gomes.
Keely and Bec x