Bikes and cars gather for Cure Kids

South Waikato News - - MOTORING - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

En­gines will roar as mo­tor­bikes and clas­sic cars come to­gether for a poker run in at­tempt to fundraise for the kids.

The South­ern So­cials and Ran­dom Riders mo­tor­cyle groups have joined forces and are host­ing the event on June 27 for Cure Kids.

The pro­ceeds will help Toko­roa duos Stacey Prole and Sarah Martin as well as Jared Kennedy and Kyle Pourau to com­plete the char­ity’s $ 10 hitch­hik­ing chal­lenge.

The two teams each need to raise $7000 to en­ter the Septem­ber event where they will travel from Auck­land to Queen­stown over three days with only $10 in their pock­ets.

Cure Kids is a char­ity that funds re­search into cures and bet­ter treat­ments for a wide range of con­di­tions af­fect­ing chil­dren.

South­ern So­cials mem­ber Ka­iapa Ruru said the fundraiser will start at the Toko­roa Club where riders will se­lect their first card for the poker hand.

En­trants will then move on to the Hamil­ton Cock’n’Bull where a Cure Kids am­bas­sador will pick the best car and bike.

The group will then move onto Mor­rinsville, Oko­roire and back to the club to fin­ish with their fifth Sarah Martin, left, Stacey Prole, Kyle Pourau and Jared Kennedy are hold­ing a clas­sic car and mo­tor­bike poker run to fundraise for Cure Kids. card where the best poker hand will win a mys­tery prize.

Ruru said poker runs hap­pen quite of­ten as fundraiser for var­i­ous events and he ex­pected more than 150 peo­ple to come from across the North Is­land.

The club would of­ten go to other poker runs as well to sup­port other so­cial biker groups.

‘‘Usu­ally peo­ple would go out of their way – it’s all for the cause.’’

The day will start at 9am where the whole fam­ily can gather to sup­port the cause and look at the bikes and cars.

Any­one can en­ter on the day and hop on the back of a bike if they don’t have their own ve­hi­cle.

At the end of the ride there will be games, a band and a food on of­fer at the Toko­roa Club as well as the poker hand re­veal.

The CureKids hitch­hik­ers said this event will hope­fully get them over the line to their goal.

Teams will par­take in the event in cos­tumes and first timers Martin and Prole will be dressed as su­per­heroes.

Prole who is a mother of two said she signed up with her sis­terin-law to step out of her com­fort zone.

And with kids of her own, it’s a cause she can re­late to.

‘‘I’ve got healthy kids, but that can change in an in­stant,’’ Prole said.

Pourau and Kennedy are hit­ting the road for the sec­ond time and they said meet­ing the Cure Kids am­bas­sadors last year made their fundrais­ing ef­forts all worth while.

This year they will be sport­ing Hawai­ian shirts, shorts and an um­brella along the way.

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