What a way to start the term! On Wednesday 3 May, we welcomed 45 riders who have been making the 1070km trek from St Kilda, Victoria to Adelaide in the Leukaemia Foundation Ride As One event. The riders, including 11 from Mount Gambier, rode through the College as school began on Wednesday morning. Under official police escort and followed by an entourage of support vehicles and Tenison Woods College student riders, an incredible warm buzz surrounded the school grounds, despite the crisp, cold morning air.
It was a beautiful sight to see the support and hear the cheering from students as the riders made their way up the Poplars driveway, around the back of the College and exiting at White Avenue to begin the second leg of their journey to Adelaide. The group will arrive at the Leukaemia Foundation Regional Patient Accommodation Village in Adelaide on Friday 5 May after a week on the road.
After already enduring a tough trek from Melbourne under some harsh weather conditions, the group were relieved to have a rest day in Mount Gambier on Tuesday 2 May. It was on this day that we were lucky enough to welcome World Champion Cyclist Amy Cure to the College as a guest of the High Performance Sports Program (HPSP). Amy has supported the Leukaemia Foundation by joining the Ride As One family for the 1070km ride from Melbourne to Adelaide. Amy spoke to a group of our Year 8-12 HPSP students, including some of our budding cyclists about her success in the cycling world and encouraged them to work hard at school and continue their studies after school.
There are a number of Tenison Woods College families participating in the Ride As One charity event and it was great to see parents ride through the school with their children by their side. There are many members of our local community who are living with blood cancer or are connected to someone who is, so we hope the strong support by our school community empowered the riders to push on.
We wish the riders the best of luck and look forward to following their journey all the way to the finish line in Adelaide!