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Kellevie mountain bike event set to support injured veterans

MOUNTAIN bike enthusiasts are gearing up to take to the track at the 2020 Kellevie MTB Park 6-hour event, to be held on 8 March to raise funds for veterans with service-related injuries.

Mates4Mates is the charity sponsor for the annual event, with participants encouraged to do their part and raise funds for local veterans in the lead up to the event.

All funds raised will support Mates4Mates rehabilitation and support services, which are available to veterans with physical or psychological injuries and their families.

Race director Duncan Giblin said the team was honoured to support Mates4Mates.

“I’m an ex-reservist and have friends and family that have served, so I’m aware of the value of an organisation like Mates4Mates,” he said.

“Personally, I have had my own experience with post-traumatic stress and seeking help was an important part of my recovery.

“Supporting organisations that provide support is really important.

“Raising funds is also an easy and fun way to give back and contribute to a healthy community, while enjoying the event with your mates.”

Mates4Mates Tasmania manager Joshua Miller said community support was instrumental to the charity’s work locally.

“I will be donning my Mates4Mates lycra and racing in the event,” he said.

“I encourage you to join me and to come and say g’day throughout the day.

“Funds raised through initiatives like this enable us to provide support and rehabilitation services to all current and ex-serving Defence Force members and their family members who have been impacted by service.

“We offer tailored services from psychological support to physical rehabilitation activities, adventure challenges and support through social connection activities.

“With more than 4,600 registered Mates and family members, we rely on the generosity and support from the community to help make a difference.”

To find out more about Mates4Mates, visit mates4mates.org or phone 1300 4 MATES.

For more information on the Kellevie MTB Park 6-hour event, visit www.k6hour.com.

Caption: Rider Karina Oakes on the Kellevie 6-hour course. Photo credit: Marcus Eno.