Riders hit highway in tour of a kind

Fundraising run will keep Muslim community in thoughts.

Fundraising run will keep Muslim community in thoughts.

Club spokesman John Woods. File picture by Paul Rickard

More than 100 East Coast bikers will tour State Highway 35 on Saturday to raise money for charity and remember members of the Muslim community affected by the Christchurch terror attack.

The Highway 35 Motorcycle Club will do a return trip from Tokomaru Bay to raise money for the Ruatoria-based East Coast St John Ambulance in the club’s inaugural Poker Run.

“We are a bunch of motorcyclists on the Coast,” club spokesman John Woods said.

“Most of our members live between Hicks Bay and Tolaga, with me, formerly of Tokomaru Bay, living on State Highway 35 at Wainui.

“Our club is basically a group of about 30 men and women riders on Harleys and Triumphs. All of the active female members are nurses on the Coast.

“We¹re expecting between 100 and 150 riders to take part, including motorcyclists from Gisborne, along with friendly clubs from Maketu, Te Puke and nearby Wairoa and Hawke’s Bay.”

Gang-patched riders are not allowed.

“We’ll be appealing to riders/visitors to remember/think of the Muslim community while taking part and supporting us.”

Mr Woods said with a large number of motorcycles expected, motorists and truck drivers should take care.

“The day starts at 11.30am with assembly/registration in Toko at the rugby clubrooms.

“From there we ride to Uawa, return to Toko via the back inland road, then head to Waipiro Bay, back to Te Puia Springs and finish at the Tokomaru Bay pub.

“We’ll ride about 120km, playing one hand of poker by getting a card at each stop. The winner (rider with the best hand) will get $500 cash and there are prizes for second and third.

“We expect to be donating between $500 and $1000 to St John.

“Already our main sponsor, Caldwell Contracting in Hicks Bay, has pledged a donation of $500 which will go straight to St John and the rest of our donation will come from registration fees and raffles.”

All motorcyclists with bikes of all kinds are welcome to take part by assembling in Tokomaru Bay around midday.

Details are available on the H35MC Facebook page on Facebook, or by contacting Ivan Lomax 027 279 2595, Michelle Lomax 027 307 2194, or John Woods 027 9407195.

More than 100 East Coast bikers will tour State Highway 35 on Saturday to raise money for charity and remember members of the Muslim community affected by the Christchurch terror attack.

The Highway 35 Motorcycle Club will do a return trip from Tokomaru Bay to raise money for the Ruatoria-based East Coast St John Ambulance in the club’s inaugural Poker Run.

“We are a bunch of motorcyclists on the Coast,” club spokesman John Woods said.

“Most of our members live between Hicks Bay and Tolaga, with me, formerly of Tokomaru Bay, living on State Highway 35 at Wainui.

“Our club is basically a group of about 30 men and women riders on Harleys and Triumphs. All of the active female members are nurses on the Coast.

“We¹re expecting between 100 and 150 riders to take part, including motorcyclists from Gisborne, along with friendly clubs from Maketu, Te Puke and nearby Wairoa and Hawke’s Bay.”

Gang-patched riders are not allowed.

“We’ll be appealing to riders/visitors to remember/think of the Muslim community while taking part and supporting us.”

Mr Woods said with a large number of motorcycles expected, motorists and truck drivers should take care.

“The day starts at 11.30am with assembly/registration in Toko at the rugby clubrooms.

“From there we ride to Uawa, return to Toko via the back inland road, then head to Waipiro Bay, back to Te Puia Springs and finish at the Tokomaru Bay pub.

“We’ll ride about 120km, playing one hand of poker by getting a card at each stop. The winner (rider with the best hand) will get $500 cash and there are prizes for second and third.

“We expect to be donating between $500 and $1000 to St John.

“Already our main sponsor, Caldwell Contracting in Hicks Bay, has pledged a donation of $500 which will go straight to St John and the rest of our donation will come from registration fees and raffles.”

All motorcyclists with bikes of all kinds are welcome to take part by assembling in Tokomaru Bay around midday.

Details are available on the H35MC Facebook page on Facebook, or by contacting Ivan Lomax 027 279 2595, Michelle Lomax 027 307 2194, or John Woods 027 9407195.

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