Tree of Hope rides again

RIDERS: Tony Ward will be taking the challenge with his 2002 V2 Monaro and Jimmy Light will be riding with his Yamaha V-Star 650.The Bordertown Tree of Hope Motorbike Run will be back for its 6thyearto help local Tatiara families at Christmas.
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The ride will be held on November 19and will set off from the Shell roadhouse in Bordertown.

Registration will be at 10am with the convoy departing at 10.30am sharp.

The 270km ride will take locals on a mystery ride across the SE and is organised annually by locals Katrina Pretlove, Jimmy Featherston and Cynthia Ward.

Jimmy has volunteered his time to the cause every year toorganizethe route for the long ride.

The money raised from the ride will go directly into purchasing groceries for families in the Tatiara community, specifically for Christmas time.

Katrina said “The funds are to ensure all families have the means to have a good Christmas.”

“Blue collar families are feeling the pinch. Everyone has a different circumstance, and anything could happen around Christmas time.”

For the second year in a row, the ride will include cars as well, giving more opportunities for more people to get involved as drivers or passengers.

Katrina said she is looking forward to having more cars this year.

The ride annually attracts 40-50 entrants, and the consistent numbers couldbe a result of theminimal changes made to the fun eventevery year.

The funding will also assist with the Christmas tree that will go up at Foodland this weekas it does every year,for local shoppers to makedonations for the kids in the community.

Also part of the cause, is a raffle with tickets now available from Foodland, the Bordertown Hotel or directly from Katrina, Cynthia and Jimmy.

The raffle will be drawn on the day and has four prizes, that have been made up from donations gathered from the community.

Katrina said“All the money raised goes directly into the kids within our community.

“There are no overheads.”

Lunch will be held at the Frances Hotel in Franceson the day, who are strong supporters of the cause.

All participants will then meet back at Bordertown Soldiers Memorial park for a free sausage sizzle and drinks.

Local retailers have chipped in for this, with Richards supplying the sausages and the Bordertown bakery supplying the bread.

Tom Duka, from the Bordertown Hotel is also a consistent and strong supporter, with the contribution of drinks every year, direct from the hotel to Soldiers Park.

To join the ride it is $20 per motorbike and $5 per passenger. Cars and utes cost $20.

For more information or to get involved contact Katrina on 0415 259 862, Jimmy on 0408 520 176 or Cynthia on 0418 848 811.

‘Doing it for the kids’

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