Warm Cobar welcome for Tour de OROC

Participants were blown away by the warm welcome at the end of their final, and longest, leg of the Tour de OROC from Bourke to Cobar on Saturday. The charity ride raises money for Macquarie Home Stay, a facility much appreciated by the Cobar community. Local business owner Trudy Griffiths once again took part in this year’s ride. Trudy was joined by locals Isaac Theakston, Greg McKervey and Parker Cryer for the final stretch of the ride. See page 4 for our report on the ride, and the success of her fundraising.
Trudy with her local companions on the last 80km, Isaac Theakston, Greg McKervey and Parker Cryer. ▪ Photo contributed

Our own Trudy Griffiths is on track to be the rider raising the most money in this year’s Tour de OROC, with an amount in the vicinity of $20,000 being donated through her efforts.

“We haven’t finished the count yet, but we are pretty sure we’ve topped our total from the last ride,” said Ben O’Brien, Chair of the Rotary Club of Dubbo South Tour de OROC fundraising committee on Monday.

“We still have a bit of other funding coming in so we think we’ve done better than the $166,000 we raised in 2022.

“It’s all for the Macquarie Home Stay which is a very important asset for communities like Cobar.”

Trudy was one of 34 riders who participated in the event, 20 for the whole distance and others like her for part of the time.

She’s highly motivated to raise funds for, and  raise awareness of, the Macquarie Home Stay service.

“It’s my second time and absolutely I would do it again,” she said.

“I think by having a rider representing your town you can really raise the awareness and the profile of the event and Cobar is a very generous community.

“I’m so, so fortunate to have that community support.”. Read the full story in this week’s edition out now!