In the pink for annual ride
More than 300 ‘‘pinked out’’ motorbikes are expected to take part in the Women’s International Motorcycle Association’s annual Pink Ribbon Ride on Sunday.
Everything from 50cc scooters to 2000cc Harley Davidson and Suzuki cruisers ridden by men and women will be raising funds for The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
The ride starts at the AMI Auckland Netball Centre in St Johns at 10.30am and finishes at Western Springs Stadium at 11.15am.
Riders will have a police escort with guaranteed green lights.
A $10 badge is the suggested entry fee and participants are encouraged to decorate their bikes with pink paraphernalia.
There will be a barbecue, coffee vans and raffles at the end of the ride for riders and the public.
Breast cancer survivors and their families can ride Metrolink’s Pink Bus along the route to Western Springs (the bus will return them to the AMI Netball Centre during the afternoon).
This year marks the event’s 10th anniversary of the charity ride and the association has raised nearly $70,000 for The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
‘‘It seems more and more WIMA members have a connection to breast cancer through friends or family members,’’ association president Carol Spaulding says.
‘‘Maybe that’s why we see people on this ride who may not show up the rest of the year. One man, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor, turns up each October in full black leathers with a pink bow tied to his bike. This cause really means something to our members.
‘‘It’s a wonderful, noisy occasion that brings together women, men and families – it’s exhilarating, a real spectacle,’’ breast cancer foundation chief executive Van Henderson says.
‘‘We so appreciate the money WIMA raises for us each year.’’
Go to aucklandcityharbour news.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see a video from last year’s Pink Ribbon Ride.