Bikers hit highway in ride for Fergus
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