Lions’ bik­ers clock up 26th ride

Bush Telegraph - - CHRISTMAS PARADE - By WAR­REN JONES Woodville Lions Club

If there were ever to be a com­pe­ti­tion to dis­cover Tararua Re­gion’s most pas­sion­ate and ded­i­cated mo­tor­cy­cle riders, then Ron Mabey and Clive Boy­den would be among the gnarli­est of fron­trun­ners.

Ron is a man with a cast iron back­side.

And Clive is not one to stick at home ei­ther, not when there’s a good ride on of­fer.

So a sim­ple bike run around the south­ern half of the North Is­land to distribute pro­mo­tional posters and in­for­ma­tion has meant these two ded­i­cated Lions clock up tens of thou­sands of kilo­me­tres in the cause of safer rid­ing and prac­ti­cal sup­port for our re­gion’s res­cue he­li­copter ser­vice, year on year.

And they are test­ing their ‘not-so-young-as-they-were’ nether re­gions to the max in the process.

In the past 25 years these two stal­warts have gone the ex­tra miles, build­ing Woodville Lions’ flag­ship event — the an­nual Suzuki/Woodville Lions Ride to Sur­vive.

Their poster run alone for the event has reached to Taupo¯ , Wan­ganui, Napier and Welling­ton, with some 1500 km ‘in the sad­dle’.

Known all over as The Coast to Coast, the ride has be­come well es­tab­lished. Now in its 26th year, Woodville Lions have suc­cess­fully staged this ride to raise funds for the Manawatu¯ Whanganui Res­cue He­li­copter. Over time the chop­per’s crew have ap­plied money raised to­wards con­tin­u­ing im­prove­ments and ad­di­tions of vi­tal new equip­ment.

That has re­sulted in a sys­tem giv­ing pa­tients some of the best spe­cial­ist medi­vac care and sup­port ser­vice in the coun­try.

Ron Mabey (L) and Clive Boy­den (3rd L) with Woodville Lion col­leagues and the Suzuki ‘Gixer’ 150F mo­tor­cy­cle they are raf­fling as part of this year’s Coast to Coast Clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cle ride, thanks to spon­sors Cour­tesy Mo­tor­cy­cles and Phil Turn­bull.

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