Pollie Pedal was established in 1998 and for 21 years has given Members of Parliament a chance to connect with people outside of capital cities and off the beaten track whilst raising funds for a number of good causes.
Over this time, Pollie Pedal has ridden nearly 20,000 kilometres and raised nearly $6 million for organisations such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Ronald McDonald House, Youth Insearch, the Paralympic Games and most recently Carers Australia.
In 2018, Pollie Pedal will continue its partnership with Soldier On who was the ride's national charity beneficiary last year.
Nearly every town in the country has an RSL or a cenotaph. Over the course of eight days, the ride will pass through communities with an active defence presence to raise awareness of the work that Soldier On does.
Veterans will also ride, making it a good opportunity for them to share their experiences – during and since their service – with fellow riders and members of the community at large.
Last year, proceeds from the ride helped deliver the Soldier On rehabilitation centre at North Head, in Manly. This year, money raised will be used by Soldier On to develop new facilities in Melbourne.
In addition to paying their ride fee, every participant is encouraged to fundraise using Everyday Hero. If you’re looking to donate, you can find a rider to support here: http://www.polliepedal.org.au/#search http://www.polliepedal.org.au/%22%20%5Cl%20%22search