Raising money to fight leukaemia

RIDING from Port Albert to Rosedale used to be the first leg on a trip to the goldfields, but for a group at the weekend the journey was in aid of a golden cause.

More than 35 riders retraced the 76 kilometre route originally taken by stockmen on their way to Walhalla.

But unlike more than a century ago, this journey was less about searching for gold and more about finding a cure.

Organised by the Rosedale Heritage Trail Riding club, the aim of the ride was to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation, with many locals and businesses getting on board to support the cause.

One of the event organisers, Renee Taylor, said the cause was one close to the hearts of many of the riders.

“This is our sixth ride and the reason that it was started was because my aunty got diagnosed with leukaemia,” Ms Taylor said.

“She was close to a lot of the people who take part in the ride, so we ride for her memory and all the others who battle the disease.”

The ride has already raised more than $70,000 in its short history.

A warm welcome was provided to riders when they arrived in Rosedale, with many locals turning out to enjoy the market stalls, charity auction and entertainment.