Bike mis­sion to pay visit

Myan­mar tar­get of rally

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - By SUE FEA

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.

Photo: SUE FEA, 627528914

Ready to ride: Co-or­di­na­tor of the South Is­land’s first branch of The Re­deemed mo­tor­cy­cle min­istry in Queen­stown, Blair McKen­zie.

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