Full throt­tle for char­ity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Christmas -

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.

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