Cyclists including Lachy Morton, Annette Edmonson and Caroline Buchanan have pledged their support and are doing their best to help the countless thousands of Australians who are suffering as the nation’s bushfire crisis continues.
Lives have been lost, communities decimated, huge numbers of animals killed and almost 5 million hectares of the country scorched. One colleague who returned from fire fighting duties on Monday morning described the Hume Highway vista as “looking like the moon”, with dead animals lining the side of the road and numerous burnt out properties littering the landscape.
But Australians have shown resilience, compassion and true grit through volunteering, fundraising and doing all they can to raise spirits and assist.
Well-known professional cyclist Lachlan Morton has offered to ride with any bunch or group who raise more than $500 for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service Bushfire Appeal. Women’s WorldTour professional Annette Edmonson is also onboard, urging the wider community to support various fundraising appeals.
Fires have directly affected parts of the Southern Highlands, home of Bicycling Australia’s Bowral Classic Gran Fondo. Volunteers from the Exeter Rural Fire Brigade – who generously offer their building and resources during the annual event – have been hard at work defending the region as fire encroaches on the region.
For further details on how you can help follow the links below.