It’s not often that an event can be considered a big success when it wasn’t actually held, but this is the case for the 2020 Tumut Cycle Classic.
The devastating Dunns Road bushfire meant the Classic, which was to run in January, had to be cancelled, but thanks to the generosity of its sponsors and donors, the organisers have been able to present Tumut District Hospital with $20,000.
Cycle Classic president Dr Tarek Sari said organisers were “extremely humbled and fortunate” that the generous sponsors were able to continue their support despite the event not being held.
Dr Osman Darwiche said the money would be spent on urology equipment, which will complement the endoscopy telepack which Cycle Classic money was able to gift the hospital previously.
Dr Darwiche is hoping this will attract urologists to the hospital, ultimately meaning that patients will not have to go to Wagga Base Hospital for this type of surgery, and instead have procedures done locally.
He said the hospital had been in talks with Wagga-based urologist and general surgeon Robert Thomas who undertakes consultancies in Tumut.
Tumut Hospital has been the benefactor of all the Cycle Classics so far, with just under $5000 raised in 2015, $20,000 in 2017 and $40,000 in both 2018 and 2019.
“This is largely thanks to our sponsors, who have been loyal to us the whole way and their impact has been great,” Dr Sari said.
Back in January, the registration money for the 2020 event, $10,000, was donated to the Rural Fire Service to help them rebuild after the bushfires.
Dr Sari said it would be up to the federal and state chief medical officers if the Classic is held in 2021.