Bik­ers rev up for Christ­mas char­ity run

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

It is not ev­ery day a con­voy of black leather-clad bik­ers tears up North West Coastal High­way and Dampier High­way with fluffy toys at­tached to their han­dle­bars.

But 63 bik­ers from across the Pil­bara did just that on Satur­day when they took part in the an­nual Kar­ratha Bik­ers Christ­mas in July Toy Run, a ride from Point Sam­son to Dampier to de­liver do­nated toys and food vouch­ers to the lo­cal Sal­va­tion Army and raise aware­ness along the way.

The fi­nal col­lec­tion of five re­moval boxes full of toys and $2010 worth of food vouch­ers was pre­sented to Sal­va­tion Army rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the Kar­ratha Bik­ers As­so­ci­a­tion club­house later in the day, be­fore rid­ers kicked back for a bar­be­cue, live mu­sic and some burnouts for good mea­sure.

KBA life mem­ber John Prior said the toy run had been a club tra­di­tion for as long as he could re­mem­ber and re­flected mem­bers’ en­thu­si­asm.

“(Com­mu­nity work) is re­ally why the club started, that’s what it was about, to help the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“We’ve got cer­tain set (fundrais­ers) that we do each year, and then peo­ple will email us, ring us up and say, ‘Can you help us out?’

“But for us it’s not about do­nat­ing money to peo­ple. We’d rather buy them some­thing they can use and we know it’s be­ing used prop­erly.”

The Sal­va­tion Army will dis­trib­ute the toys and vouch­ers to lo­cal fam­i­lies in need over Christ­mas.

Kar­ratha Corps of­fi­cer Niall Gib­son said the toy-run do­na­tions helped 96 fam­i­lies last year.

“We’ll give them out at Christ­mas time, and there’ll be lit­er­ally some that come in that have noth­ing,” he said.

“Peo­ple say lots of thanky­ous and we might even see some tears in peo­ple’s eyes, be­cause that’s what it does to peo­ple.

“And we can say this is from the com­mu­nity, and it’s re­ally good.”

Or­gan­iser Shane Kilv­ing­ton was pleased with the turnout. He thanked Point Sam­son Tav­ern, OB’s Wick­ham and the Dampier Mer­maid Ho­tel for their sup­port.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Bik­ers As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers Kim Mal­ady, Steve Tre­vurza, Rex O’Leary, Dar­ren Owens, Shane Kilv­ing­ton and Steve Col­lopy ready to ride for the Kar­ratha Bik­ers Christ­mas in July Toy Run.

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