Bik­ers hit high­way in ride for Fergus

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A Drury busi­ness owner and co­me­dian Ewen Gilmour are ral­ly­ing mo­tor­cy­clists to jump on their bikes on April 26 to raise money to help a dis­abled boy from Bom­bay.

An­thony Wright from Drury Tires has or­gan­ised a Make My Day Char­ity Ride with an es­ti­mated 300 to 500 mo­tor­cy­clists go­ing on a day-trip in a quest to raise money for a van with a seat-lift for Fergus An­drew.

Fergus has phys­i­cal and in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties hav­ing con­tracted CMV be­fore he was born – a virus sim­i­lar to glan­du­lar fever.

His mum, Al­ley (Ali­son) says Fergus is a charm­ing de­ter­mined child but as he is get­ting older it is be­com­ing more of a strug­gle for the fam­ily to get him in and out of the car.

‘‘A van that we can adapt to put Fergus in more eas­ily would be fan­tas­tic.

‘‘Ideally we would like it so that he was able to walk on his sticks and climb into the seat him­self.

‘‘It would be good for his health and give him in­de­pen­dence,’’ she says.

An­thony held the first bike run last year to pro­mote the open­ing of the Drury Per­for­mance Cen­tre, part of Drury Tires, and the Re­deemed Mo­tor­cy­cle Min­istries – a Chris­tian group of mo­tor­cy­clists.

An­thony ap­proached Ewen Gilmour, who has a prop­erty in Port Waikato, to help out and dis­cov­ered he was as­so­ci­ated to Va­ri­ety, so it fell into place from there he says.

Va­ri­ety has of­fered to make up the dif­fer­ence from what the bike day raises for the gift for the An­drew fam­ily. The trip starts at Drury Tires at 11am on April 26 where the group will head to Ka­iaua to hear a band, have a drink and a sausage and spot prizes.

Then it will be on to Karaka Sports Com­plex where there will be a stunt rider and seven-time su­per­bike cham­pion An­drew Stroud will speak.

The day will round up with Ewen Gilmour do­ing a show and Fergus be­ing given his gift.

For more de­tails con­tact An­thony on 021 225 2142

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