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Marty and Dan cycle the 7 Peaks to raise money to assist those in need

Marty and Dan cycle the 7 Peaks to raise money to assist those in need

When it comes to raising money for a good cause the 7 Peaks Challenge stands out for passionate cyclists.

Wodonga residents Marty Cross and Dan Owen grabbed their gear and headed up to Harrietville over the weekend to commence their 7 Peaks 7 Days Cycle Challenge to raise money for those in need.

The cycling challenge came as an idea to Mr Cross and Mr Owen who both have a passion for cycling and thought doing a ride challenge would be a great way to raise funds.

Their goal is to raise $10,000 to go towards families in the community who may need assistance with everyday situations. So far, the pair have raised $8,500 through their GoFundMe page.

Mr Cross is a pastor at New Life Chapel, a church which helps families in the community who are in need and struggling with challenges in their lives, and Mr Owen is a member of the Chapel’s corrugation and a good friend to Mr Cross, both with an interest in cycling.

Mr Cross said that the money the church has raised in the past has helped many people, and said the money they raise for the challenge will provide those in need with various essentials which will help them get by.

“People with medical costs, uniforms for schools, crisis accommodation — a whole range of things we will be able to help people with, Mr Cross said.

“I love riding and being fit and thought a bike ride would be a good vehicle to inspire people to get involved and think what they could do to raise funds and help others.

“7 peaks challenge is a great tourism initiative for the Resort and different people throughout Victoria have been using it to raise funds.

“We have already raised most of our target and we haven’t got far to go, so it has been pretty successful,” he said.

The two rode the seven mountain peaks last year, but instead drove in between the mountains, and decided this year they would challenge themselves further and ride the whole distance.

The pair headed in an anticlockwise direction starting from Harrietville, they rode Mount Hotham and Mount Buffalo; then Porepunkah to Mt Buller; Lake Mountain to Mt Baw Baw; then on to Bairnsdale, back up to Dinner Plain and on to Falls Creek, before finishing up at Harrietville.

Mr Cross said they both enjoyed the weekend of cycling and that there was a little bit more to go this coming weekend.

“We had good weather the whole time. We got a bit wet on Friday near Hotham but otherwise very fortunate with the weather and really nice days,” he said.

“We are still going to tie it all off this weekend and do a bit of a finale.

“After next weekend, we will close the GoFundMe page and tie off loose ends, and that money will go to the chapel care account.

“We will then address those in need as they come across our path and sort through and help them where they need assistance, Mr Cross said”

If you would like to help Marty and Owen achieve their goals and help raise funds for those in need, donate at




08 March 2017