Char­ity run

Rid­ers join forces to help oth­ers

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

Only a one-week break between rides was no de­ter­rent for Pil­bara bik­ers, who roared back onto the road last week­end for ma­jor an­nual char­ity ride the Kar­ratha Bik­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Poker Run.

Con­di­tions were fine for the Satur­day af­ter­noon trip from Kar­ratha to Dampier, Wick­ham, Cos­sack and back, which this year raised about $3500 for the young play­ers of Kar­ratha Ju­nior Rugby League.

De­spite com­ing one week af­ter a gru­elling Black Dog Ride from Port Hed­land to Dampier, a turnout of about 70 rid­ers from the KBA, Hed­land Rid­ers, Pan­na­won­ica Rid­ers, Pil­bara Mo­tor­cy­cle Sis­ters, the IWI Rid­ers Pil­bara and the public took part.

KBA pres­i­dent Matt Peters said the money raised would be used to buy train­ing equip­ment for the rugby league.

Poker Run funds go to­wards a dif­fer­ent lo­cal com­mu­nity cause each year, with re­cent re­cip­i­ents in­clud­ing the Kar­ratha RSL sub-branch, lo­cal pri­mary schools, the Smith Fam­ily and the Kar­ratha Au­tumn Club.

“We do have a lot of in­di­vid­ual groups that come to us and we try to share it around as much as we can,” Mr Peters said. “We es­pe­cially like sup­port­ing sport­ing groups be­cause (the dona­tions) are likely to be around for a lit­tle while.”

Rid­ers col­lected a card to­wards their poker hands at each stop on the trip be­fore new Kar­ratha res­i­dent Mick By­ers even­tu­ally claimed the best poker hand prize of $300.

KBA mem­ber Shane Kilv­ing­ton said the club was proud of its Poker Run tra­di­tion, which was now in its 27th year. “It’s a ride for sim­i­lar like-minded peo­ple that love to ride, and we’re do­ing it for a good cause,” he said.

The KBA will present the ju­nior rugby league with their do­na­tion in the next few weeks.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Bik­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers Shane Kilv­ing­ton, Neil Tol­li­son, Brad Lan­nin, Mark Wal­lis and Matt Bager with their col­lected poker hands.

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