In a special fundraising event, the Australian Eastern Veterans Cycling Club in Melbourne exceeded all its expectations by raising $4,100 for Care Australia and victims of the Asian tsunami disaster at its January 29 weekly criteriums. With a record 95 race participants, money was donated from entry fees, super raffle and auctions of various prizes provided by the members. They included a mountain bike, Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under jersey, wine from a collection, digital camera (Kodak) and more. Rider trophies for the day were provided by Trophy Town.
EasternVets secretary Keith Bowen said, "We were overwhelmed by the response and on behalf of the club I would like to thank everyone involved for their enthusiastic contribution and the Metec circuit for waiving their rider fee for the day."