Students in Sue Pickles’ Senior VCAL class received a generous donation to their Freewheeling Fun campaign on Wednesday when Peter Grant of The Bike Vault in Castlemaine paid a visit to the college. Peter delivered 10 bikes—that have been traded in, or fallen into disrepair over the years—that will be given a new lease of life by the students before they pass them on to Freewheeling Fun to receive new owners.

The class have been collecting used bikes to recycle and donate as part of their VCAL core units. The project involves literacy and numeracy along with a raft of skills including teamwork, communication and work-hazard awareness.

The students also hosted a movie fundraiser on Thursday night at the Star Cinema with a screening of the film Le Ride, the inspiring story of two men who re-enact the gruelling 1928 Tour de France.

Students Jesse Annand, Lana Dodge and Michael Collier-Clarke represented the class on the night and spoke to the audience about the project.

More than 40 people braved the cold winter’s night and soon settled on their couches with a glass of wine, a warm savoury scone, and a hand-crocheted blanket..

‘Le Ride’ had the audience gasping throughout and emotionally exhausted by the end. Lucky for them, students had organised local business to donate an amazing array of food. The evening raised more than $420 that will go directly to Freewheeling Fun to ensure that everyone in Bendigo has the opportunity to own and ride a bike.

A huge thank you to the following businesses who generously contributed to the decadent supper :
Bridgewater Bakery-Bath Lane, The Green Olive, Cafe Istanbul, Subway-Marketplace, Lenard’s Chicken-Marketplace, Coles-Lyttleton Terrace, Bakers Delight-Marketplace.