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Scientists and lawyers pedal for research

A team of 25 cyclists, including scientists from the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and lawyers from Herbert Geer, will pedal more than 520 kilometres in 24 hours to raise money image-tools (4)for eye research.

The 2011 Woody’s Murray to Moyne cycle relay will begin in Swan Hill on the Murray River and end on the Moyne River in Port Fairy.

Funds raised by the team will support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of eye diseases and vision impairment.

It’s the fourth year running that lawyers and scientists have come together to enter the Murray to Moyne.  In 2010, the team finished the gruelling event in less than 17 hours – a record to date by more than 3 hours.

Ride participant and CERA PhD student Nicole Van Bergen (pictured right) said the ride is incredibly exhausting, but a great challenge and a lot of fun.

“Each team must have a small group of riders on the road the entire time. While the rules say each team member must ride at least every third leg, our team members are suckers for punishment and we’ll often volunteer to ride two legs on, one leg off,” Nicole said.

“I typically try to ride around 350 km over 24 hours.  I’m in training for this and a couple of other events but this is by far the ride I look forward to the most,” she said.

Lawyer and ride participant Paul Beilharz (pictured right) said Herbert Geer has enjoyed a longstanding association with CERA.

“Improving the lives of people with vision impairment is a very worthy cause. Many team members have a family history of eye disease and are passionate about supporting medical research,” Paul said.

“In 2011, we hope to double the amount for raised for eye research and break last years finishing time,” he said.

Donations can be made at: http://www.everydayhero.com.au/Herbert_Geer_CERA_Team_2011