Full throttle for charity
THE first year 60 bikers decided it would be a nice idea to deliver Christmas presents to underprivileged children, their good intentions didn't quite go to plan.
“Many of the children had gone to homes for Christmas, so there were very few children there to give the gifts to,” recounted one of the original riders, Paul Walsh.
“So the club reassessed the situation and decided to concentrate their efforts on providing for the Salvation Army's Christmas Appeal, a tradition that has carried through to this day.”
Forty years on and the annual Perth Bikers Charity Ride continues to be a major prelude to each festive season; and a major appeal for the Salvos.
As it has done for the past few years, next Saturday's December 5 late-morning freeway ride will leave from Belmont Park and end at Arena Joondalup, where the bikers will deliver their Christmas gifts to volunteers collecting for the Salvation Army's 2015 Christmas Appeal.
The ride has had different end points along the way, including Perth's Council House, Forrest Place, Midland Gate Shopping Centre and Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City.
“People once thought the sight and sound of a few thousand motorcyclists making their way into the city was great,” Mr Walsh said. “However, when up to 6000 or more motorcyclists make their way through the Polly tunnel the sight and sound is simply awesome.”
Organisers hope the spectacle of the 40th annual ride will generate a record attendance and given that each participant must bring a toy or other gift, a record level of donation.
Motorists should be aware that the right lane of the westbound Graham Farmer and northbound Mitchell freeways will be reserved for the bike procession all morning.