In the pink for an­nual ride

THE AP­PEAL

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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