The Hunger Ride is back for 2020

The Hunger Ride is returning to Victoria’s High Country on Saturday 28 November with Foodbank Victoria Ambassador, Hamish Blake, leading the pack.

With demand for food relief increasing, the 172km corporate cycle challenge is raising critical funds to feed vulnerable Victorian children and their families.

Riders from corporate teams including Peters Ice Cream, Port of Melbourne, Westgate Tunnel Project, Asahi Beverages, NEC, GT &JA Jones Engineering will join Foodbank Victoria and event sponsor Montague CROC EGGS™ Australian Plums to take on the challenge.

Australian sporting elite will also don the lycra to take on the demanding ride including Hunger Ride ambassador and 2003 Tour de France green jersey winner, Baden Cooke; AFL sporting legend, Max Gawn; and renowned cyclist commentator, Matthew Keenan.

“Signing up to a 172km bike ride seems a strange thing to do when you haven’t been allowed to ride more than 5kms from home for the last few months, but the Hunger Ride isn’t any old bike ride. It’s one of the main fundraising events for Foodbank Victoria who have been incredible helping people in this especially tough year,” said Hamish Blake, Foodbank Victoria ambassador.

Departing Beechworth, the route includes a difficult climb over Mt Buffalo and Mt Stanley, traversing the beautiful yet challenging terrain of North East Victoria.

“After a devasting year, we know now more than ever Victorians are in need. Many hardworking families are finding themselves in a position they never anticipated, unable to put food on the table. Although we’re currently working to provide 1.2 million meals monthly to Victorians in need, demand continues to outstrip supply,” said Dave McNamara, Foodbank Victoria CEO.

The Hunger Ride event has raised more than $140,000 since 2018.

“It’s a tough and challenging ride, but every kilometre will help us raise much needed funds. We’re able to turn every dollar donated into two meals for struggling Victorians and their families,” Mr McNamara continued.

Want to learn more? Watch the video from last year’s event below, or click here to visit The Hunger Ride website.

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