Bikers ride to help homeless people
About 100 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to descend on Rockingham on Sunday, November 8, as part of a charity run to raise awareness and money for incidental costs associated with being homeless.
Bikers Bonded By Steel vicepresident Rob Fernandes said the group wanted to help those experiencing financial hardship because its members had all dealt with it at some level in their lives.
Former BBBS member “Webby”, who asked only for his nickname to be printed, said he was moved to want to help after attending a barbecue at Rockingham Foreshore for the homeless.
“It really hit home that families are sleeping in their cars,” he said.
“I have been on the streets and know what the ups and downs feel like.
“I want to help those in that situation as much as possible and suggested a charity run to the group.”
Mr Fernandes said the members were all firm believers in the notion that charity started at home.
“We want to make a noise because we need to be worrying about people in our own backyard more than those in other parts of the world,” he said.
Setting off from the Narrogin Inn, the charity run will stop at Fremantle E-Shed before heading to Rockingham Foreshore for a late barbecue lunch.
Along the way, there will be raffles drawn and a sausage sizzle for a donation.
Homeless advocate Owen Farmer welcomed the generosity of BBBS, labelling it the first time any social organisation had wanted to do something at this level.
He said the money raised would go into a bank account for homeless people and would be used to pay for bills such as someone’s car registration to help them get to and from work or job interviews.
For more information, visit the Bikers Bonded By Steel Facebook page.
Bikers Bonded By Steel members Julie Maclennan and vice-president Rob Fernandes with Sharon Tregear, “Webby” and Owen Farmer, aim to raise money for those living on the streets of Rockingham in a charity bike run on November 8.