HUNDREDS of people made the most of the Saturday sunshine to take part in a walk around Lake Weeroona to raise funds and awareness of homelessness, domestic violence and mental health.
The first annual MADCOW Stampede, standing for “Make a Difference, Change Our World”, raised $9665.
Next year, 25 people will ride bikes from Bunbury in Western Australia to Bendigo, arriving in time for the second MADCOW Stampede.
Organiser Matt Parkinson said the funding went to local groups working with people encountering homelessness and domestic violence, while also supporting refugees on the Thai-Burmese border.
“We want to help break the cycle of poverty,” he said.
“On Saturday, there were a lot of people at the lake already who saw what we were doing, came over and made a donation themselves.”
It was Bendigo Baptist Community Care’s first major fundraiser, after seven years of working to help break the cycle of homelessness in Bendigo.