Two spe­cial rea­sons to ride

Ride: Phyl­lis joins to help great-grand­kids

South Burnett Times - - WELCOME - Troy Kip­pen troy.kip­pen@south­bur­nett­

PHYL­LIS McDon­ald had more than one rea­son to take part in the South Bur­nett’s Red Boot Ride at the week­end.

The Nanango grand­mother was on her first ride in a fundraiser for the Ron­ald McDon­ald House that raised $2483.

The char­ity has helped Ms McDon­ald’s grand­daugh­ter, Jas­mine Turner, who stayed at the house af­ter giv­ing birth to two pre­ma­ture ba­bies.

“Part of the rea­son I did the ride was be­cause of the char­ity they were sup­port­ing,” Ms McDon­ald said.

About 50 bikes took part on the con­voy that rode about 320km in near per­fect rid­ing con­di­tions from Mur­gon through Nanango to the Bunya Moun­tains and re­turned along the Bunya Hwy.

“We have gone on lit­tle rides, but noth­ing like this. The ride was fan­tas­tic... it just blew me away,” she said.

South Bur­nett So­cial Bik­ers co-or­di­na­tor Trevor “Tiny” Ballin took part in the ride and said they had al­most dou­ble the num­ber of rid­ers from last year.

“We had peo­ple here from Gympie,” he said.

“This gives rid­ers who can’t make it to Bris­bane for the (Red Boot) ride to do it in the South Bur­nett,” he said.

“We want to give a big thank you to all the busi­nesses that have spon­sored it.

“I think we have about 30 busi­nesses sup­port the ride.”

Af­ter the suc­cess of this year’s event, or­gan­is­ers are con­sid­er­ing do­ing it again next year.

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