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Northern NSW : Summer 2013-14
Ride for Chopper hits a high note Graham Davidson had a simple idea, to cycle from Wee Waa to Tamworth to raise money for the Rescue Helicopter. However, he needed a friend to help him along the way – the friend he chose just so happened to be blind. Richard Newberry received a phone call from his mate Graham and was at first a little hesitant and understandably so. “T he only thing I’d been on with wheels in the last 20 years was an office chair,” Richard said. Little did Richard know that, what started out to be a 220km cycle was actually an 800km round trip which would see the pair visit ever y outstation in NSW. The two mates kept their pace and morale up as Graham described the countryside to Richard. “Davo gives me a commentary, he says things like ‘just over the crest there are fields of canola and there are gum trees spotted through it and the hills in the distance are blue’ and it’s like I am really seeing it,” Richard said. The pair have been cycling ever since and have just completed their second annual mountain bike trek to raise money for the Service. Working in Tandem This year’s IGA Ride for Chopper stretched between two of Australia’s most iconic music destinations. Parkes, Australia’s home of the King and the annual Elvis Festival, was the starting point for the seven day, 600km mountain bike ride which finished in the country music capital, Tamworth. 44 riders and eight support crew wound their way from the Central West region to New England - North West through Peak Hill, Dunedoo, Coolah and Quirindi before reaching Tamworth a week later. Page 6 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ser vice - Rescue Summer 2013
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