Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (16:44:40): I thank the members of the Rotary Club of Rutherford Telarah and all others who took part in this weekend's Ride & Run Bunker & Back event in support of the Hunter Medical Research Institute [HMRI].

This year funds raised from the event will support the HMRI's sports concussion clinic and the Jill Emberson memorial fund's research into ovarian cancer. The event was held through farm country at Tocal, with runners and riders giving way to cows and horses while navigating hills and creeks. Participants choosing pedal power were given the option of riding 15, 30 or 45 kilometres. Those on two feet faced a 15-kilometre run.

More than 150 people turned out and many topped up their entry fees with additional donations, meaning that the Bunker & Back is well on track to hit its $8,000 fundraising target.

I thank everyone who gave their time, money and, most importantly, effort to make the event such a great success in support of two important research projects.