The Road Nationals cycling championships came to Buninyong soon after nearby towns were hit hard by fires this year, and the community quickly switched into fundraising mode.
One of the many initiatives came with the help of Cycling Australia: the men’s road race green and gold jersey, signed by winners Jack Bobridge and Amanda Spratt and the Michelton Bay Cycling Classic winner’s jersey, signed by Caleb Ewan, were raffled off.
It raised $5000 for the Scotsburn relief fund.
The prize was drawn this week and the lucky winners John Coull and Ken Edwards came to collect their famous jerseys.
Raffle organiser and Buninyong Community Bank director Peter Mees said it was great to see people get on board and give generously.
“I’m very happy with it. It shows that the cycling community cares about the local community,” he said.
“We had to raise as much as we could to support the victims of the Scotsburn fire.”
Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green said they were happy to pitch in.
“It was humbling to chat to many locals and hear firsthand the devastation that had occurred just down the road in Scotsburn, and the gesture of an Australia jersey to assist in the fundraising was the least that Cycling Australia could do as a show of support,” he said.