2019 Conference Bike Ride

Conference bike ride from the Ocean to the Outback

March 28 to April 4, 2019

636 kms from Victor Harbor to Broken Hill

 7 days – 1 rest day

Average 90 kms per day

The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor is proud to organise this exciting event to raise funds for research into mental health.

We will be cycling from Victor Harbor to Broken Hill arriving in time for the last Rotary District 9520 Conference

The ride has even more significance now that our drought affected rural friends and families are struggling through such a difficult time.

It is not only farmers who need our help here, but entire communities.

All funds raised will go to Australian Rotary Health (ARH) and every dollar raised goes directly into Mental Health Research which has been ARH’s main area of focus since 2000.

ARH was established in 1981 and has contributed over $40 million into health research – “In Australia, by Australians, for Australians”.

“I commend the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor for this wonderful initiative which will not only raise much needed funds for research into mental health through our own Australian Rotary Health, one of the largest independent funds of mental health research within Australia, but will increase awareness of mental health issues within rural communities. This bike ride – from the ocean to the outback – is a great example of Rotarians as People of Action!”

Kim Harvey, District Governor 2018-2019

Please support us… support Rotary Mental Health research… support our communities.

$100.00 Rider entry fee

The route:

Thursday 28th March, Victor Harbor to Hahndorf – 74km

Friday 29th March, Hahndorf to Nuriootpa – 84km

Saturday 30th March, Nuriootpa to Burra – 114km

Sunday 31st March Programmed rest day

Monday 1st April, Burra to Terowie – 68km

Tuesday 2nd April, Terowie to Yunta – 101km

Wednesday 3rd April, Yunta to Olary – 77km

Thursday 4th April, Olary to Broken Hill – 118km

We encourage youth, women and men to join us on this exciting adventure.

Any cyclist wishing to participate will need a minimum standard of 24 km per hour solo on a flat road for a minimum of 2 hours. Every day will be split into 2 sessions. Starting time and duration between breaks will be advised before each day’s ride. At least one support vehicle will be on the road for the duration of the event thanks to the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor.

All sponsors will be recognised on signage displayed on support vehicles and trailers for the duration of the event.

Safety will be of paramount importance. All cyclists are to adhere to a code of conduct that will be required to be followed during the event.

Non Rotarians are welcome if you support our cause.

If you are coming to the conference, why not bring a bike or e-bike and roll in to Broken Hill with us in support of this great cause. Alternatively, feel free to walk the last section with us into town.

Looking forward to your participation.

Direct Deposits for entry fee and  donations:
Victor Harbor Rotary Club
BSB:  065 511Account #:   1009 4619
Please advise of your deposit via email to coxco20@bigpond.com

Register your interest in either donating or riding by contacting:

Mark Cox

President, Rotary Club of Victor Harbor

Email:  coxco20@bigpond.com

Ph:  0414 904 574

Community Grants Program

The 2019 Community Grants Program is now open, closing on May 5, 2019.

Please go to https://www.victorharborrotary.org.au/grants-program/ for more information.

Further information is available by phoning Brian Liddy on 0402 777 866 and all correspondence sent to victor.rotary@gmail.com

2018 2019 Changeover Dinner

Recently our new President Mark Cox was inducted as the clubs new president for the 2018 / 2019 year taking over from John Cunningham.

The night was highlighted by awarding a Paul Harris Fellow to long time journalist for The Times, Michael Simmons and club member Judith Philips.

Honorary Members Pat Chigwiggen, Lorraine Lewitzka and Jan Sheehan were recognised.

Included in the 60 members and guests present were new local member for Finniss David Basham and his wife Kate and Graeme Philp the Mayor of Victor Harbor accompanied by his wife Carol.


Bradleys Place working bee

15 members and partners helped move 15 cubic metres of accredited soft fall mulch donated by Wade and Sarah Haythorpe from Strathalbyn Hire & Landscape Supplies from the driveway to the playground area at Childhood Cancers Bradley’s Place. This is the final stage to make the area a safe environment for families to enjoy their time away from treatment for cancer.

Clubs 70th Birthday Celebration

On Wednesday November 15 the club celebrated its 70th year of serving the local, national and international communities. Held in the Grovesnor Hotel, which was the same venue of the clubs first meeting in 1947, with about 80 past, present Rotarians and special guests the night was a truly rememberable night with a message from the President of Rotary Internaitonal and a video of the first meeting held in 1947. We reconised our members who have been in the club over 25 years, inducted a new member and presented a Paul Harris Fellow to past member Romaine Dawson.


The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor membership, are a group of like-minded men and women whom have gathered together under the banner of Rotary International to tirelessly support the community.  In conjunction with the tasks and ventures pursued, the great enjoyment of fellowship is experienced by all concerned, with many great life-long friendships created.

Rotarians are members of a Rotary Club whom serve the community and most importantly enjoy the experience and the fellowship and interaction of the other members of their local and world-wide organization.

The many varied life time experiences and great personalities brought together, ensures a broad coverage of community projects can be supported, and then progressed.

Rotary as an organization over the past years has also had its challenges, and it is great to see that as an organization, we are growing with the times and attracting new younger enthusiastic Rotarians which is fantastic, and with their input, experience the new ideas brought forward.

The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor as a community focused group, over the many years, have been extremely active in the Fleurieu district and been very successful.