Bikies raise $3k for kids
TWEED bikies have raised $3000 for charity.
The Tweed Heads Motorcycle Enthusiasts Club that is, and the charity is Kids In Need, which provides specialist rehabilitation equipment, orthotics, dietary supplements and helps fund ongoing specialised medical treatment for children in need.
Club president Tom Patterson said it was the club's fifth year of donating to Kids In Need.
"We try to find non-government funded organisations in the area that support local kids," he said.
The enthusiasts' club, which has 120-plus members from Mudgeeraba to Tyalgum, has raised more than of $70,000 for charities in the past 30 years, through raffles and rides.
"Rides for non-members are $10 each and members are $5.
"They kick off at the Kirra Sports Community Centre and go all over the shop," Mr Patterson said.
In January the club will ride to Crams Farm, Uki and Misty Mountains is a possibility for February.
"We've still been going to Queensland, it hasn't been too bad," Mr Patterson said in relation to the state's anti-bikie laws.
"We're not patch wearers, we're just enthusiasts, we take bikes like liquorice allsorts and don't discriminate ... any bike you mention, I'm sure we've got one."
While philanthropy and camaraderie set the enthusiasts apart from other motorcycle groups, safety was a major drawcard.
"We have a recovery vehicle, which is a car with a trailer on the back and you ride with other members," he said.
"If you have a breakdown you won't be left behind on the road and we also organise to have barbecue and lunch for stop overs ... it just makes it all a hell of lot easier."