March 21 Molong to Cowra
8 intrepid riders left Molong in two shifts. One to Canowindra, and then another to Cowra. Arriving in Cowra with two flat tyres, but elated spirits! Great support from the Orange Treadlies who made up up most of the riders between Orange-Molong-Cowra!
And Rtn Michael Cain rode the bloody lot in one go!! Well Done Mick!
An old bloke in Cudal, remembered a friend who had polio and donated $50 ("a piece of paper" he called it)!
 
March 19 Orange to Molong
Almost 20 riders carried the message stick from Orange to Molong.
 
 
 
 
 
March 19  Borowa
President Rob (RC Murrumburrah- Harden ) passing on the baton to President Alan (RC Boorowa )
 
President Alan (RC Boorowa) handing over the baton to President Bill (RC Cowra) at Cowra’s club meeting night on Thursday. 
In centre is Wayne  Co-ordinator for Cowra’s leg of the Bike Ride 
 
 
 
March 18 Orange 
Good afternoon
Attached are some photos for promoting the Orange and Bathurst Clubs  participation in the ENDPOLIO district bike ride. Feel free to peruse our facebook page for any others you may like to use.
We successfully had a reporter from the local paper (see link below) and as you can see Prime TV came along so be sure to check out the news tonight or their webpage in the near future.
Amateur Videos to follow !
Rotary regards,Michelle Duncan   
PR Director Orange Daybreak 2018-19
Local Orange paper the CWD ran a front page story
 
March 17th Bathurst
DG John Glassford was in Bathurst this weekend with the PARADE of local riders travelling from Oberon to Bathurst and displaying Maggie the iron lung. 
The photos at your right are just a few of the most recent pics which are compiled in the PARADE Photo Album
 
March 15, 2019 Blayney
 
March 7,2019 Wagga
Magical Maggie is creating quiet a stir and we have only just begun.
 
Filling up in Ganmain just now, yes we do have a service station, a lady pulled up behind me and just looked at Maggie for ages then got out of the car.  Gwen Boughey from Ganmain started talking and you could see how excited Gwen was to see Maggie.  We have to record and film her story somehow.  Gwen worked on these iron lungs in the infectious disease hospital in Melbourne for some time.  Gwen knew every nut and bolt on Maggie and how she worked.
 
Second story a lady from Junee Reefs, Jan Longmore, called me to say that she contracted polio at the age of 12 and still suffers with now post polio syndrome.  Jan's sister contracted polio only 9 months old and her sister is now suffering badly with post polio syndrome.  Jan is 80 and would be wonderful to get her story down as well.  Jan wants to know if there are any people who can help her and her sister.
 
These two stories are so unexpected.  So Maggie's magic is working and tomorrow is a big test in Wagga.  Thank you all for getting us to this stage of this journey.  I have a bit to do right now but please call me anytime.  I aim to be back in Griffith on Thursday next week March 14th to meet up with all and sundry as needed.  I liked the last meeting of all the parties together.  I have to be in Oberon on Saturday 16th and Bathurst 17th to meet up with Maggie again!
The PARADE is going much better than I had hoped for.
 
JG
 
 
March 5, 2019 - Leeton
Leeton RC put on a BBQ for the people of Leeton.  Thanks Leeton love your BBQ trailer. Bob then welcomed Maggie to Narrandera at the Tourist Information office, we met some dignitaries from Narrandera Shire Council.  Two cyclists and Bob then followed Maggie into Narrandera where they and Maggie went up and down the main street.  Some collections were made and Narrandera Rotary Club made a donation to the Polio Plus PARADE. Thank you all.
 
Now I hope to get some photos from Narrandera soon.  Had a call from a Rotarian in Cowra today saying that they are well organised with cyclists.  Maggie is a super attraction and is the reason we are doing this so that no one ever has to live in one of these contraptions ever again. 
 
In Wagga tomorrow 10.00am for a Mayoral reception and ride down Baylis Street should be fun.  Back in Wagga at the Market Place on Thursday then Coolamon and so on.
DGJG
 

 
The Parade Has Begun
Maggie The Iron Lung from the Griffith City Council Pioneer Park has started a journey of 1,600 kms around our Rotary D9700.  Maggie left from Griffith Monday morning to all the cities, towns and villages in our District that have a Rotary presence.  Due to logistics, we may have to miss a leg or two.  However the route and dates have not changed.  
 
We have 4 tap and Go terminals working to collect money for the END POLIO NOW  program.  
 
Maggie is in working order thanks to Ross Grillo from the Griffith Rotary Club.  Ross has done a wonderful job with Maggie and I am sure that Maggie will open many eyes as we take her around the district. 
Our sincere thanks to Ross and the Griffith Rotary clubs for getting us this far on our journey culminating in the Griffith 2019 Conference from March 29-31st.
 
I encourage all district Rotarians and friends to support our PARADE cyclists.  Come and greet Maggie when she arrives at your community and support an excellent cause.