For eight days in March 2012 over 100 Pollie Pedal cyclists full of enthusiasm donned their lycra and pedalled almost 1,000 kilometres to raise funds for carers.
The annual Pollie Pedal event, which raises money each year for charity, travelled from Geelong to Canberra over eight days in late March and raised just under $550,000 for Carers Australia - a new record for a single year of Pollie Pedal fundraising.
Carer Australia will use the money raised by Pollie Pedal participants to break down the isolation so often felt by Australia’s 2.6 million carers by better connecting them with each other, with carer supports and services and with the community.
Specifically, Carers Australia will be investing funds to build our Carer Ambassador Program, online engagement and research projects.
Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, has been the figurehead of Pollie Pedal and its most high profile participant in the 15 years since it began.
Speaking outside Parliament House at the conclusion of the ride, Mr Abbott said “I think this has been the best Pollie Pedal yet. It has been the best Pollie Pedal yet because of the involvement of Carers Australia.”
“Carers represent what is best in our human natures; they represent what is best in our Australian society. We would be economically poorer, we would be socially poorer, and we would be spiritually impoverished if these carers ever stopped doing what they do.”
Carers Australia is very pleased to be the nominated charity for Pollie Pedal 2013.