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Families tour Tarwin

CYCLISTS, walkers and joggers were welcomed to participate in Tour de Tarwin on Saturday.

Tour de Tarwin is now in its eighth with participants at an all time high. This year, $15,000 was raised for the Tarwin Lower CFA.

Dodging the rain, the turnout was good with an overall number of 1400 participants, approximately 100 more than last year.

Locals joined in along the five kilometre track from Venus Bay to Tarwin, bumping the numbers to around the 2000 mark.

The event has come a long way, with only 200 people attending the first one in 2007. It still remains a major fundraiser for the CFA.

“The reason we started was to raise money for the CFA,” Tour de Tarwin organiser Craig Williams said.

“This area is one of the 51 high risk fire areas so we need to give back to these volunteers.”

There was no competition, except for those vying for the best dressed team or best decorated bike.

A family picnic and raffles were also on offer. The Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club did a demonstration and mini golf was available for extra entertainment.

“Our priority is to put on a good, family friendly event and I think we achieve this,” Mr Williams said.

“It isn’t a race so families can enjoy each other’s company and the scenery. We encourage them to explore the area.”

Sponsors from 12 local businesses and the South Gippsland Shire Council help to fund Tour de Tarwin. Their support is greatly appreciated.

 

On track: Samantha Clark, Isabelle Walsh and Natalie Loncar took part in the Tour de Tarwin from Venus Bay to Tarwin Lower on Saturday.

On track: Samantha Clark, Isabelle Walsh and Natalie Loncar took part in the Tour de Tarwin from Venus Bay to Tarwin Lower on Saturday.

Family event:  Zara and Veronica Curran, Karin Ferstl, Greta and Anna Curran, Brenda Williams and George Curran have participated in Tour de Tarwin six times.

Family event: Zara and Veronica Curran, Karin Ferstl, Greta and Anna Curran, Brenda Williams and George Curran have participated in Tour de Tarwin six times.

Tour experience: Elizabeth, Zac and Beatrice Zagon are supporting their father (centre) Tom Zagon’s eighth ride in Tour de Tarwin.

Tour experience: Elizabeth, Zac and Beatrice Zagon are supporting their father (centre) Tom Zagon’s eighth ride in Tour de Tarwin.

Bikes galore: Elliot Black, Jackson Leopold, and Charlotte and Lachlan Pratt check out all the bikes.

Bikes galore: Elliot Black, Jackson Leopold, and Charlotte and Lachlan Pratt check out all the bikes.

Day out: Koonwarra’s Brianna Newton, Tarwin Lower’s Ben Ellen, Venus Bay’s Jack Van der Kolk and Tarwin Lower’s Millie Ellen are back for another year of Tour de Tarwin.

Day out: Koonwarra’s Brianna Newton, Tarwin Lower’s Ben Ellen, Venus Bay’s Jack Van der Kolk and Tarwin Lower’s Millie Ellen are back for another year of Tour de Tarwin.

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