Fun event has serious message
Poker run raises funds for domestic violence arts project
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.
RIDING INTO TOWN: The start of the 2014 Rebel FM Pigs Arse Poker Run.