EASTLINK TO AGAIN HOST CHARITY CYCLE EVENT
ConnectEast, the owner and operator of the EastLink motorway, is proud to once again support the Hanover ConnectEast Ride for Home by providing the world-class venue for one of Australia’s premier recreational rides.
On Sunday 18 November 2012, both carriageways of EastLink will be completely closed to traffic and turned over to cyclists of all abilities in the 75km, 35km and 15km events. All funds raised will help Hanover Welfare Services, a leading Melbourne based agency supporting people affected by homelessness.
“ConnectEast is proud to provide EastLink as the venue for Australia’s best and safest cycling event and will forego tolls in support of this worthy cause,” said Dennis Cliche, ConnectEast Managing Director.
Cyclists will set off from the Ringwood Bypass in Melbourne’s east on a completely closed EastLink motorway towards Frankston and back. The traffic-free experience will include trips through both the Mullum Mullum and Melba tunnels.
“We thank our customers in advance for their understanding to enable the Hanover ConnectEast Ride for Home to happen on EastLink. ConnectEast will be working closely with the event organisers and VicRoads to minimise traffic impacts on event day,” Mr Cliche said.
ConnectEast Managing Director, Dennis Cliche, said homelessness was an important issue and the 2012 event had raised more than $310,000.
The 2012 Ride for Home event attracted more than 7,000 cyclists and the funds raised have been used in 10 vital projects across all seven of Hanover’s sites. Hanover provides housing and support to over 6,500 Victorians every year, including 2,500 children.
“The common area at Hanover’s crisis accommodation centre in Dandenong is currently being redeveloped into a commercial kitchen, so that its residents can learn basic cooking skills,” said Mr Cliche. “The new kitchen will give clients practical skills that will assist them to gain employment and participate in the community.”
More event details are available at www.rideforhome.com.au.