Charity feast for Woodend’s Spokes of Hope

Spokes of Hope cyclists Jon Morgan, Kim Strong and Andrew Wilson-Annan. (Joe Mastroianni)

A Macedon Ranges chef who has cooked for the likes of Prince William, Madonna, Bill Gates, Tom Hanks and Elton John, will serve up some decadent desserts this month at a fundraiser for Woodend’s Spokes of Hope group.

Champagne and gourmet cheese platters will also be on the menu at the July 25 event, which will help a team of 14 cyclists edge closer to its $40,000 target for this year’s Peter Mac Ride to Cure Cancer.

More than $28,000 has already been raised, including several hundred dollars collected by a group of pre-teen supporters who rode 1.1 kilometres around Woodend last Wednesday.

Spokes of Hope spokesman Daron Jacks says this month’s Sweet Winter Night, at Norma Richardson Hall, will feature desserts prepared by Erica Crowther, who has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants, and at Cliveden House for the late Queen Mother.

Mr Jacks says the quality of food served will greatly exceed the night’s ticket price.

‘‘You can easily spend $50 if you go out these days, but this is going to be something really special.

‘‘It’s a chance for people to have a night out and enjoy some live music, a nice drink and some really fantastic food.’’


The 200-kilometre Ride to Cure Cancer, raising funds for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, is on October 24-25.