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Maleny Trail Riders Club
donates $7500 to community

by Simon Roper

The inaugural Maleny Trail Ride was held over the weekend of October 11 and 12 and was attended by more than 250 riders.   The majority of the riders came from outside the Maleny area although riders from Maleny were given preference.

A decision was made by the committee to ensure that the Maleny community benefited as much as possible from the ride and as well as all profits from the weekend going to local community groups all of the food and drinks sold over the weekend were purchased from businesses within Maleny.

The committee would like to thank those businesses and their staff for their support especially the patient and friendly staff at Maleny IGA, Maleny Butchery, Maleny Hot Bread, The Witta Store and Maleny Newsagency.   Thanks also to those workers from the Conondale Trail Ride Committee who assisted over the weekend and to the Maleny Ambulance for attending.

Trail riders are very aware of the fact that the sport is a noisy one and that some people will be inconvenienced by them being in the area so they try to ensure that those communities that open their doors to them do benefit from the ride and happily support the food and drinks stalls that operate over the duration of the ride.

As a result of their generosity after payment of all costs incurred over the ride weekend the Maleny Trail Riders Club was able to disperse over $7000 to other groups within the community.  In some cases members of the clubs also assisted the Maleny Trail Riders Club over the weekend.

Maleny Hospital Auxiliary received $600, Maleny Rural Fire Brigade $600, Maleny Junior Rugby Club $1000, Maleny Pony Club $650, Maleny Soccer Club $550, Witta Recreational Club $850, Maleny Apex Club $700, Meals on Wheels $500, Maleny High School Shade Shelter $150, Maleny Primary School sports equipment $150, Maleny High School P&C $250 and Maleny Primary School P&C $250, $300 was also donated to the Kawana SES to thank them for their assistance. Maleny SES had prior commitments and were unable to help.   Also Queensland Ambulance was given $850 for their services.

Thank you to all those people who gave up their time, some for many weekends prior to the ride.   Without those 800 hours of volunteer time the ride would not have been possible.

The ride passed by the ruin of the Hassall family home which was destroyed by fire only days before and the riders were so impressed that the Hassall Family encouraged the ride to go ahead that they donated a total of $500 to the family to assist in the rebuilding of their home.  The Maleny Trail Riders Club has retained some of the profits from the ride to help cover the set up and running costs for the next ride.

A meeting will be held at the Witta Recreational Club on Wednesday December 8 to decide the direction of the club and the timing of the next ride.   The meeting will start at 7.30pm.   All interested people are invited to come along.   For more details please contact Rob Pollock on 5494 2102.

Robert Pollock, Maleny Trail Riders; Jack Wilcox, Meals on Wheels; Gillian Allen, Hospital
Auxiliary; Tom Malone, Maleny Rural Fire Brigade and Steve Howard, Maleny Trail Riders.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.