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Pollie Pedal arrives in Sydney after 1000Km


6 May 2009



From right, opposition spokesman on indigenous affairs, Tony Abbott, with the Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence and the Dean of Medicine Professor Bruce Robinson.
From right, opposition spokesman on indigenous affairs, Tony Abbott, with the Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence and the Dean of Medicine Professor Bruce Robinson.

This year's Pollie Pedal, which has raised about $150,000 for the University of Sydney Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, arrived in Sydney on Tuesday, 5 May.

The Hon Tony Abbott, Opposition spokesman on Indigenous Affairs, led the pack of dedicated riders out of Brisbane on April 27, and the Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence joined the ride on its final leg into the University.

Cyclists pedalled 1000km from Brisbane, via Lismore, Grafton, Dorrigo, Armidale, Walcha, Gloucester, Cessnock, Brooklyn to finish at the University of Sydney.

Money raised will fund scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and will be administered through the Poche Centre. Mr Abbott said that next year's ride will once again donate the proceeds to the Poche Centre.

The major sponsor for this year's ride is Amgen, which donated $60,000.

"Amgen Australia is proud to continue its association with the Pollie Pedal and to be able to support the valuable work of the Poche Centre," said Ian Thompson, Chief Executive of Amgen.

"The Pollie Pedal is a considerable physical and mental challenge that makes completing the task and raising the money for the Poche Centre all the more special. That the ride will take us to visit some of the folk who will benefit from the fund raising and awareness raising effort makes the event even more rewarding."

Other supporters are Norgine, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, and Macquarie Foundation.

The pedallers arrived at the University of Sydney at 1.30pm.

Therewas a welcoming event with speeches from Sydney University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Spence (who also cycled the final leg), Jenny Macklin MP and Tony Abbott MP.

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