Fun event has se­ri­ous mes­sage

Poker run raises funds for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence arts project

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MORE than 200 mo­tor­cy­clists con­verged on Childers to rev up their en­gines and raise aware­ness about Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence on Satur­day.

The 2014 Rebel FM Pigs Arse Poker Run saw rid­ers take off on a 200km scenic tour of the re­gion tak­ing in South Kolan, Woodgate Beach and Bund­aberg, fol­lowed by an af­ter party at the Federal Ho­tel.

The poker run is an an­nual event held by the Con­sol­i­dated Bik­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Aus­tralia, and this year marked the event’s 10th year rais­ing funds for wor­thy causes.

Club vice-pres­i­dent Flame Howard said this year’s event was or­gan­ised to shine a light on the in­sid­i­ous prob­lem of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and to raise funds for cam­paigns on the is­sue.

Ms Howard said it was es­ti­mated one woman in Aus­tralia died ev­ery week at the hands of a vi­o­lent part­ner or for­mer part­ner.

It’s also an is­sue she said was “near and dear” to her heart, af­ter suf­fer­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship.

“We want to raise aware­ness and let people know it’s not OK,” she said.

“It’s ev­ery­one’s prob­lem. Un­for­tu­nately people don’t like to talk about it.

“To say we’re pas­sion­ate about it is an un­der­state­ment.”

Ms Howard said the club was grate­ful for the sup­port it re­ceived on the day and par­tic­i­pants thor­oughly en­joyed them­selves.

“We had beau­ti­ful weather and ev­ery­one had a ball,” she said.

Ms Howard said the event was not only about high­light­ing an im­por­tant is­sue af­fect­ing many people, but was also ben­e­fi­cial to businesses in Childers.

“It brings people to town – the whole town was booked out,” she said.

“This is what Childers needs. It needs lit­tle events through­out the year.”

All pro­ceeds from the day will be do­nated to arts group Cre­ative Re­gions, which is help­ing to bring a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence “ver­ba­tim theatre” project called It All Be­gins with Love to the stage at the Mon­crieff Theatre in Novem­ber.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RID­ING INTO TOWN: The start of the 2014 Rebel FM Pigs Arse Poker Run.

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