Dif­fer­ent day, same cause

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

FOR the first time, the an­nual Perth Bik­ers Char­ity Ride from Bel­mont to Joon­dalup will take place on a Sun­day morn­ing.

The roar of up to 6000 mo­tor­bikes, trikes and side­cars trav­el­ling in pro­ces­sion this Sun­day will also oc­cur ear­lier than nor­mal, with the ride’s start time brought for­ward to 9am to al­low for re­quired road clo­sures.

But the good cause be­hind the suc­cess­ful event, which is in its 41st year, re­mains the same.

Each bike will be car­ry­ing a do­nated chil­dren’s toy or present that the Sal­va­tion Army will dis­trib­ute at Christ­mas.

Lead­ing this year’s charge will be the event’s long­est serv­ing rider ‘Ban­dit’, who for the past two years has trav­elled from Sydney just to take part.

“I’ve been do­ing this for about 26 years now and I al- ways say, come this time of year, my wife’s a widow as I’m so busy do­ing stuff for the char­ity ride,” he said.

Ban­dit, whose real name is Colin Scott, got his nick­name af­ter los­ing an arm when a trailer jack-knifed into his mo­tor­bike in 1984.

“I’m not a dan­ger­ous Ban­dit, I’m the one-armed Ban­dit,” he laughed.

Rid­ers and the pub­lic are asked to donate toys, blan­kets and long-last­ing food items for the ride.

“The char­ity ride be­gan as a way to raise aware­ness about mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers but now most of us do it be­cause it makes us feel good about do­ing some­thing for other peo­ple,” Ban­dit said.

“Peo­ple say it’s pretty spe­cial that I’d keep mak­ing the trip from Sydney but I know that any one of us would do the same.”

Sal­va­tion Army spokesman War­ren Palmer said the or­gan­i­sa­tion could not do with­out the valu­able con­tri­bu­tion made by the bik­ers each year.

“It takes about three or four days to sort through all the presents,” he said.

“They start us off for the De­cem­ber sea­son with a good sup­ply for our busiest time of year.”

Mr Palmer said the Sal­va­tion Army’s North­bridge cen­tre ex­pected about 3500 to 4000 peo­ple in need of toys and goods around Christ­mas.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d462629

Rid­ing for the kids... Colin ‘Ban­dit’ Scott on his mo­tor­bike with Bob Ful­ton.

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