Har­ley fundraiser

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

WHEN a rusty old Har­ley David­son rolled up on the back of a truck out­side Cairns Per­for­mance Mo­tor­cy­cles late last year, owner Wayne “Prong” Trim­ble had no idea what was go­ing on.

But a sud­den phone call from mate Dun­can Cameron an­swered those ques­tions.

The ter­mi­nally ill Table­lands man was a ben­e­fi­ciary of pro­ceeds from the pop­u­lar Ol’ Skool Mo­tor­cy­cle Show last year but in an in­cred­i­ble ges­ture he de­cided to pay the kind­ness for­ward.

Mr Trim­ble said Mr Cameron told him the bike was now his and sug­gested he do it up to auction it off at this year’s show to help an­other fam­ily in need.

“Dun­can just said ‘Prong that’s your bike now, do what you like with it’,” Mr Trim­ble said.

“We’ve spent about $10,500 on it.”

A few weeks on and the 1994 model bike has been com­pletely re­fur­bished and will be up for grabs as the top raf­fle prize at this year’s show which will be held on April 9 at El­lis Beach. Raf­fle rick­ets are $5 each.

The show is in its eighth year and will again show­case a va­ri­ety of pre-1985 bikes.

All pro­ceeds go to as­sist peo­ple or fam­i­lies go­ing through tough times who are cho­sen by the or­gan­is­ers.

Mr Trim­ble said a record 2700 peo­ple went through through the gates last year and he ex­pected an­other bumper crowd next month.

Break­fast will be avail­able from 7am un­til the gates open at 9.30am with adults charged $5 and chil­dren un­der 16 free. Bike en­tries are free .

En­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided by The Walker Brothers.

The event has raised more than $80,000 for peo­ple struggling with med­i­cal bills.

Today a raf­fle bike ride to In­n­is­fail leaves McDon­alds Restau­rant at Gor­don­vale at 7.45am.

“Mo­tor­cy­cles spon­sors and vol­un­teers are wanted,” Mr Trim­ble said .

To help con­tact Mr Trim­ble on 4031 4933 or 0457 098 582.

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