Bik­ers are in the pink for can­cer

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

Dozens of bik­ers re­splen­dent in pink roared into Oban on Fri­day as part of an an­nual char­ity ef­fort for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port. And among the mo­tor­cy­clists was Carol Barker, left, who painted a poignant pic­ture which was pre­sented to nurse Donna MacKen­zie at Oban hos­pi­tal.

A MOTORCYCLE gang boast­ing Mo­hawk-styled hel­mets made their way to Oban last Fri­day – dressed in bright pink.

The friendly bunch were Breast Way Round, which is made up of mostly fe­male mem­bers, with the few men in the group hav­ing to wear pink bras over their motorcycle gear.

They travel round Scot­land one week­end a year to raise money for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port.

Paul Barker, one of the found­ing mem­bers, said: ‘It came about when my friend, Ali, got ill and she couldn’t ride any more, so we built her a trike – but she never got to do the ride.’

The bik­ers have raised £ 301,000 since they started in 2008 and next year will mark the 10th time the an­nual Breast Way Round bike ride has taken place. The bik­ers do­nated a colour­ful pic­ture of a rain­bow rose cre­ated by Carol Barker, one of the mem­bers, to Lorn & Is­land Dis­trict Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

Paul said that the rose had be­come a sym­bol for the group. He con­tin­ued: ‘We do all sorts of col­lec­tions and put on var­i­ous events to raise money for char­ity. It’s a priv­i­lege to be a part of it.’

Donna MacKen­zie, a Macmil­lan spe­cial­ist nurse, added: ‘It’s a fan­tas­tic event that raises a lot of money and it’s lovely to have them here. I think there’s more of them this year, but there’s a lot of fa­mil­iar faces.

‘The pic­ture they do­nated is beau­ti­ful and colour­ful and we will def­i­nitely find a space on the wall for it as it will brighten up the place.’

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.breast­way­round.com.

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