Toyota Tour de OROC well on their way to raising $100,000

Riders and crew for this year’s Toyota Tour de OROC posed for a photo at the Copper City Motel with the NSW Governor, Her Excellency Margaret Beazley AO QC just after they arrived in Cobar on Thursday afternoon.

The Rotary Club of Cobar provided a warm welcome for the Toyota Tour de OROC peloton when they arrived in Cobar last week.

The Toyota Tour de OROC began in 2013 and is a biennial fundraising event run by the Rotary Club of South Dubbo to raise money for the Dubbo Macquarie Home Stay facility.

The facility provides 14 accommodation rooms for rural patients (and their family members) requiring hospital or specialist treatment in Dubbo.

This year’s challenging Toyota Tour de OROC six day, 1,100km bicycle ride throughout the western area by a group of 15 riders and five support crew, aimed at raising $100,000.

The money will go towards Stage 2 of the project which is to build another 14 rooms.

The Rotary Club of Cobar secretary Gordon Hill, said when the group arrived on Thursday, after spending the day riding from Bourke, they had raised around $80,000 by that stage.

During their stopover in Cobar on Thursday night, the Rotary Club of Cobar treated the group to dinner and also cooked them an early breakfast before they hit the road on Friday morning headed for Warren before the ride finished in Dubbo on Saturday.

Mr Hill said the Rotary Club of Cobar were able to hand over donations tallying $1,320 to the Tour de OROC cause.

He said that was in addition to another $500 donation the Cobar Club had already made in July this year. Mr Hill said with one in five of the Home Stay visitors coming from Cobar, Mr Hill said “Cobar in general has a vested interest in the Macquarie Home Stay”.

He said the ride is still accepting donations which can be made to the Rotary Club of Cobar or directly to Macquarie Home Stay.