Bik­ing for a good cause

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

AL­MOST 50 bikes made their way past Port Dou­glas and through Shan­non­vale cross­ing on their way up to Un­dara for the Back to Un­dara Mo­tor­cy­cle Muster on Satur­day.

The an­nual event raises money for the Cairns Base Hos­pi­tal pae­di­atric unit, to build a play­ground for pa­tients to have fun and be kids.

The $1.2m pro­ject aims to build the play­ground on the sec­ond level rooftop next to the chil­drens’ ward and is one of the Far North Queens­land Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion’s big­gest fundraisers.

This year the 48 rid­ers raised over $58,000 to reach a tally of $940,000 raised so far for the play­ground.

Fundrais­ing and mar­ket­ing man­ager Glenys Dun­combe, who was also backup crew with the lug­gage and meals for the rid­ers, said not only is the muster for a good cause, it is a fun ride for the par­tic­i­pants.

‘‘The rid­ers ride their bikes be­cause they en­joy the sport and also en­joy rais­ing money for a good cause and it was a re­ally great week­end, we thor­oughly en­joyed our­selves,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve done that trip many times and it’s the pret­ti­est drive to go on via the Cook High­way and Un­dara’s a fan­tas­tic place to spend the night.

‘‘A lot of the rid­ers come back each year and we had a lot of new­com­ers this year, we want to pro­mote it and get more guys out there next year.’’

REVVED UP FOR A GOOD CAUSE: some of the char­ity bik­ers make their way to Un­darra

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