Bothwell backs the big bike ride
THE Bothwell community is getting behind a national charity event called The Long Ride, which this year has 415 registered motorcycle riders and finishes in Tasmania.
Their first night in Tasmania is in Burnie on October 14 and on October 19 they end with a gala dinner at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston.
The riders travel from Devonport to Burnie, Strahan, The Wall, Hamilton and Bothwell, Hobart, St Helens, Scottsdale and Launceston.
Strongly supported by personnel from the Australian Defence Force and organised by former RAAF member Chris Dunne, the event attracts riders from throughout the Australia and some from overseas.
Riders from the Central Highlands community are joining the ride into Bothwell.
John and June Pilcher, from Neelai Santa Gertrudis stud at Bothwell, said when the riders arrived in Bothwell at about 12.30pm on October 16 the Lions Club and CWA would provide lunch.
Central Highlands Mayor Loueen Triffitt would welcome the riders to the municipality.
Mr Pilcher said donations from the council, Masonic Lodge, CWA and Lions Club would be presented to organisers.
“Any other donations would be greatly appreciated,” Mrs Pilcher said
“Our son David, who has been in the RAAF for 14 years, pushed for his home town of Bothwell to be included.”
Mrs Pilcher said her son would stay on in Tasmania to help show the stud’s cattle at the Royal Hobart Show from October 25 to 28.
The ride raises awareness and funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia.
More than 2900 Australian men each year die from prostate cancer, making it the second greatest cause of cancer deaths.