Pollies to pedal for carers

Pollies to pedal for carers

Posted November 1, 2011

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The annual charity fundraising bike ride ‘Pollie Pedal’ will donate proceeds from the 2012 event to Carers Australia.

Leader of the Opposition, The Hon Tony Abbott MP, made the announcement this morning at The Cottage, a respite centre for people with dementia in the Canberra suburb of Deakin.

Carers Australia President, Tim Moore said, "Carers Australia is delighted to be chosen as the charity for this fundraising event. The proceeds we receive will benefit carers across the country, and enable us to continue our work building caring communities throughout Australia."

"Carers are a diverse group of people coming from all walks of life and are the foundation of our aged, disability, community, mental health and palliative care systems, without carers these systems would simply collapse," said Mr Moore.

Carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail aged. Caring can be enriching and rewarding, deepening friendships and relationships, but it can also be demanding, challenging and socially isolating.   "It is essential that carers are supported and recognised in their caring role and it is very important that they are connected into the community," said Mr Moore.

Pollie Pedal has been running since 1998, and riders have pedalled approximately 14,000 kilometres, raising nearly $2 million for charity.

For media inquiries please contact Rosemary Spry on (02) 6122 9907 or 0429 996 258.

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