Rod­ders boost for Ruby


Porirua- based Western Bays Street Rod­ders have raised more than $10,000 for a Pukerua Bay fam­ily af­ter a mys­tery run on Sun­day.

More than 65 ve­hi­cles took part in the Ruby Pen­ney char­ity run, rais­ing money for Pukerua Bay res­i­dent Ruby Pen­ney.

Ruby was 7 when she con­tracted Lyme disease through a tick bite while on hol­i­day in Aus­tralia.

The disease can cause a vast range of symp­toms, and can mimic dis­eases such as mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, lu­pus and other au­toim­mune dis­eases. It can be fatal.

Club pres­i­dent Eric van Diggele said the club raised more than $10,000 through­out the year from club events.

This was boosted by Sun­day’s raf­fle, auc­tion, and mys­tery run, which the Pen­neys took part in.

The auc­tion raised $6600 with many items do­nated by John­son- ville Repco branch man­ager Alex New­son, Mr van Diggele said.

Western Bays Street Rod­ders also do­nated $500 to the fam­ily, he said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one went home happy, es­pe­cially the Pen­neys.’’

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