Bike mission to pay visit
Myanmar target of rally
Motorcyclists on a mission will descend on the Queenstown Lakes District tomorrow to raise awareness of the plight of the people of Myanmar and to raise funds to help them. About 30 riders from The Redeemed motorcycle ministry in the North Island set off from Auckland this week on a nine- day tour heading as far south as Queenstown. The South Island’s first branch of The Redeemed, a Christian motorcycle ministry, was launched in Queenstown last year and co-ordinator Blair McKenzie said the group already had about a dozen members. The national group, led by The Redeemed’s founding member Amos Ale, who formed the Headhunters gang in the 1960s before becoming a Christian in the late 1990s, will be joined by Mr McKenzie and other bikers on January 31 in Makarora. They will ride together to Queenstown, many on Harleys. ‘‘If you don’t see them you will definitely hear them,’’ Mr McKenzie said. The bikers are raising awareness about atrocities under military rule in Myanmar, and are seeking to raise $6000 to purchase second-hand motorbikes to mobilise missionaries there. It’s the most economical way to travel and get into the hard-to-find places. ‘‘They’re trying to help communities destroyed by the military,’’ Mr McKenzie said. ‘‘There are orphans left with no families, people murdered and raped and homes and villages burnt.’’ The group will ride around downtown Queenstown and tomorrow evening will ‘‘turn up in force’’ at City Impact Church Queenstown for a public evening, starting at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.
Ready to ride: Co-ordinator of the South Island’s first branch of The Redeemed motorcycle ministry in Queenstown, Blair McKenzie.