Little Jem ride drops in to Tathra

ALTHOUGH the annual Enduro was postponed, there were still cyclists on the streets of Tathra last weekend.

The Little Jem Foundation’s Sydney to Newry Bike Ride passed along the coast through Tathra and Eden recently.

The bike ride is the headline event and fundraiser in 2014 for The Little Jem Foundation, which supports families in Gippsland who have experienced the sudden loss of a baby or child.

This includes providing services that aren’t available in Gippsland, such as peer support groups and counselling services.

The cyclists camped the night at both Tathra and Eden, departing from the latter on Monday.

There are 30 cyclists are taking part in the bike ride, which will take 12 days to complete, covering 860km.

In addition, there are two support cars and about 90 support crew who help with cooking and cleaning.

The ride is family friendly and around 30 children are part of the support crew.

Participants are from places such as Gippsland, Melbourne and Bendigo, and come from families who have been affected by the loss of a child as well as those who have joined the ride for the cause.

The foundation was set up by Amy and Mat Daly, after their child Jemma Sue was born 13 weeks premature and died eight days later.

The ride symbolises some of the physical and emotional pain that a parent faces when they lose their child, and Ms Daly said the ride was about “letting people talk about their angel babies”.

Every day is dedicated to a different baby, who the riders think about while completing their journey.

“We are really enjoying the ride,” Ms Daly said.

“The weather has been a bit of a challenge.

“[But] it’s wonderful to be halfway.

“We have had fantastic support from the communities along the way.”

Little Jem aimed to raise $100,000 from its fundraisers over the year, but Ms Daly said they reached $103,000 by Sunday night and will continue to fundraise as much as they can.

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