On Sunday, 31 March, seven energetic Year 11 and 12 members of The Glennie School’s Interact Club, and one courageous Year 8 student participant, braved the cold and windy conditions of the annual Ride the Range cycling event. This event is in its 9th year and is coordinated each year by our sponsoring Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Toowoomba, to raise much-needed funds for very worthy causes. This year, funds were being raised for Blush Cancer Care, Rotary Drought Relief, and St Andrew's Hospital Palliative Care, in honour of Glennie past parent and Rotarian, Steven Raine, who passed away in September last year.
Helping out at the registration desk at Picnic Point, the Interact girls were joined by Glennie Old Girl, Amy Norman (2011). The group worked in the freezing conditions from 5:00am, assisting riders to collect bib numbers and giving out general information. They then turned their efforts to assembling 700 sample bags for the participants. By the time they finished at about 7:00am, the sun was well and truly up and they were sent home for a well-deserved hot shower and a nap!
Special mention must be made of the incredible efforts of Ava Zammit (Year 8), who was one of the youngest participants this year. Along with her parents and younger sister, she completed the "Nifty 50", a 58km ride down the Range that finishes at Helidon State School. Ava said, "Uphill was challenging, but overall it was a fun experience". She thinks they will probably do it every year. Well done, Ava - this is a remarkable achievement!
We would like to thank our sponsoring club, the Rotary Club of Toowoomba, for the opportunity to assist each year at this event. We would also like to thank Amy Norman for showing the girls what to do to help. Despite the weather, the girls enjoyed themselves so much they would like to do it again next year!
Mrs Kristie Skett