December 13, 1991: Cycling home helper retires

December 06, 2017

Shepparton cycling home helper has retired from her official duties but has not given up her bike.

Mr Dot McCoy has ridden to all her Shepparton home help appointments for 22 years, rain, hail or shine.

She has no drivers license and no car.

She’s probably travelled more than 50 000 km in her career, keeping up with the average of nine home visits a week.

A colleague described her as a thoughtful person, dedicated to her job.

Her reputation for getting to her jobs on her bike is legendary among her 35 colleagues.

He service was recognised by the council and her colleagues this week with a presentation and afternoon tea.

The Mayor, Cr David Piper, praised her for her dedication to what can sometimes be a very difficult job.

Mr McCoy is not afraid of exercise and will walk when she’s not riding.

Mrs McCoy found the people she worked for became her friends and it was difficult to make the break in August.

“You get to know the families. I had three people for 13 years.”

She still visits some of them.

“A couple of times I’ve bumped into their new home help. She’ll be thinking I’m checking up on her!” Mrs McCoy said with a laugh.

She is one of those rare people who enjoys housework and loves a challenge.

“It’s always a challenge if you’ve got a messy place to clean up. If it was tidy when you arrived you could never see where you had cleaned up.”

Mrs McCoy’s husband, Kevin, had been ill for many years and a doctor suggested to Mrs McCoy she take up some work to give them both a break during the day.

Mrs McCoy decided to give it away after Mr McCoy died in June.

She said she’s now spending more time in the garden at her Leithen St home, which Kevin had looked after.

She also has three sons, two daughters and 15 grandchildren which occupy her time.

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