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Cyclists and walkers across the region are gearing up to participate in the annual Tatura200 Charity Bike Ride and Walk this weekend, hosted by Tatura Milk Industries and Bega Cheese.

In its ninth year, the event is aiming to increase awareness about family violence and will donate $75000 to VincentCare’s Marian Community this year and $100000 across the next two years. Shepparton police family violence advisor for eastern region division three, Sergeant Thelma Bull said it was fantastic the Tatura200 was drawing attention to family violence.

 ‘‘It’s important that we continue to work on raising awareness of family violence in our community because it’s an issue that affects our entire community,’’ she said.

‘‘If we understand what family violence is, we can respond to it in the best possible way.

‘‘We need to address family violence because it’s an issue that’s not going away.’’

VincentCare Hume hub manager Greg Laidlaw said he was stunned by how much money the Tatura200 was donating to Marian Community.

‘‘What they’ve given us is going to make a real difference to the people who experience domestic violence,’’ Mr Laidlaw said.

Marian Community has been in Shepparton since 1980 and supports women and children who are experiencing, or have experienced family violence, to live safely.

Mr Laidlaw said many of the people who sought help from Marian Community often needed extra support financially and through counselling.

Bega Cheese management Christian Willmott said since the Tatura200 had started, it had raised close to $870000.

Mr Willmott said they decided to draw attention to family violence this year because they wanted to help support those affected by it.

The Tatura200 has not only donated money to Marian Community this year; the Lighthouse Project will receive $10000, Give Me Five For Kids $5000 and Tatura Lions Club $5000.

There are also several other organisations that will receive funds raised through the Tatura200.

Bega Cheese executive chairman Barry Irvin started the popular charity bike ride, which includes a 200km ride, 100km ride, 50km, 25km, 5km walk and 44km cross country mountain bike event.

‘‘It all takes place in the Goulburn Valley just around through Shepparton, back around to Tatura and through the local region,’’ Mr Willmott said.



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