Spring Run for CanTeen

Hastings Leader - - News -

The sound of hooves will be re­placed by the sound of Har­leys this Satur­day when the Har­ley Hawke’s Bay Mo­tor­cy­cle Club holds its an­nual fundraiser for CanTeen.

All prof­its from the 10th an­niver­sary of the Spring Run, held at the Hawke’s Bay Race­course, will go di­rectly to CanTeen Hawke’s Bay, says or­gan­iser Antony Huckle.

“Prior to 2009 we used to com­bine ef­forts with Truck­ing for Life but we felt that a more lo­cal ap­proach would ben­e­fit the lo­cal CanTeen branch so the first Spring Run was con­ceived,” Antony says.

The Spring Run is all about sup­port­ing CanTeen and is open to the wider biker com­mu­nity. Antony says since its in­cep­tion in 2009, the an­nual char­ity ride at­tracts around 400 so­cial mo­tor­cy­clists, trav­el­ling from as far away as Christchurch.

“This event runs rain or shine and has built up a favourable rep­u­ta­tion amongst the rid­ing fra­ter­nity — we’ll make a sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tion to the Hawke’s Bay branch.”

Antony says there are plenty of tick­ets for sale.

“The more sup­port we get the big­ger the dif­fer­ence we can make for CanTeen. We’re firm be­liev­ers in what they do for their mem­bers.”

CanTeen has a clear fo­cus on the needs of young peo­ple liv­ing with can­cer, Antony says.

“CanTeen’s foun­da­tion was built upon the fun­da­men­tal be­lief that young peo­ple — through meet­ing, talk­ing and shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences — are bet­ter able to cope with the un­cer­tain­ties of liv­ing with can­cer and any­thing we can do to sup­port these young peo­ple is awe­some.”

Fri­day night is a meet and greet and the gates open for reg­is­tra­tion at 9am at the Hawke’s Bay Race Course the fol­low­ing day for the Spring Run. “We’ll let ev­ery­one min­gle and grab a coffee or ba­con sand­wich prior to leav­ing for the ride at about 11am. We’ll re­turn to the race­course later in the af­ter­noon af­ter the ride where ev­ery­one tends to catch up with old mates, grab a drink and a bit of din­ner — then party on into the night with live mu­sic pro­vided this year by the Rocker Cov­ers. ”

■ Spring Run for CanTeen, Fri­day, Septem­ber 28 and Satur­day, Septem­ber 29. Fri­day night meet and greet from 6pm, Satur­day gates open 9am. Tick­ets from http://hawkes­bay­harleymc.co.nz/in­ter­ac­ton­line/ or the Face­book page Hawkes Bay Har­ley Mc.

Mem­bers of Har­ley Hawke’s Bay MC and CanTeen HB.

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