Great Bike Hike passes through Moora and New Norcia

THE Great BikeHike team visited the towns of New Norcia and Moora on August 20 and 21 on their 2500 kilometer bikeride from Perth to Broome.
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The Great BikeHike aimed to support local communities in becoming welcoming and affirmingplaces for people with disability, mental illness, their families and carers,and to raise awareness of mental health issues and disability inclusion.

The team ofcyclist including Paralympians and support crew visited New Norcia on theMonday night August 20 after cycling more than 160km from Perth, then cycledthrough to Moora via Gillingarra on Tuesday morning August 21.

More than 80people attended local community events hosted in New Norcia and Moora, withGillingarra hosting a morning tea for the cyclists between the two towns.

The event in NewNorcia included official presentation of the Great Bike Hike CommunityInclusion Projects Baton, barbecue dinner donated by the Shire of VictoriaPlains, arts crafts and various sporting activities including WheelchairBasketball activities facilitated by Perth Wheelcats players, and Be Activesquash on inflatable squash courts provided by WA Squash.

The communityevent in Moora hosted a community photography competition, wheelchairbasketball games and activities, and official presentations, followed byhealthy hamburgers and salad provided by the Shire of Moora.

While in theregion, the Great Bike Hike team cyclists visited several schools includingMoora Primary School and Watheroo Primary School to share their journey withlocal school students and to further promote the Count Me In and Act BelongCommit health messages.

The Great BikeHike visit also coincided with Be Active Wheelchair Basketball school clinicsdelivered by Adam Deans and Nick Radovich from Perth Wheelcats.

The wheelchairbasketball clinics were funded by the Great Bike Hike, Moora Rotary Club, andHealthway sponsoring the Midlands District Be Active Coordinator Scheme, andwere incredibly popular with local young people and adults alike.

The Great BikeHike is an initiative of the Fairholm Disability Support Group promoting theCount Me In 13 Priorities and Pathways.

Shire of Moora CEO, Alan Leeson, Darren Taylor, Maurice Embley, Mark Le Flohic and shire president Cr Colin Gardiner.

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