Coastal Riders make a difference on the road
MOTORCYCLISTS are revved up and ready to ride in the fourth annual Coastal Riders Annual Winter Charity Ride on Sunday that aids some of most vulnerable in our community.
Registrations open at 8am and the ride will start from McDonald's South Coffs Harbour near the Caravan Sales yard at the Northern end of the carpark from 9am.
Coastal Riders organiser Tony Deane, who founded the group on Facebook, said bike lovers of all persuasions had been united by the cause of the winter ride, which supports the city's homeless and women who are victims of domestic violence.
"We have done it for three years and this is our fourth year and the total combined amount raised by the ride is $8,000," Tony said.
"This year alone just from businesses sponsoring the event we have raised $8,000 and from the event on Sunday we are hoping to meet the target of $10,000.
"Going off statistics there are some 400 homeless in the Coffs Harbour region, and our event also helps women escaping domestic violence, which I think are two of the most important charity causes in our community."
Since Coastal Riders formed on Facebook in 2010, 996 members from Queensland to Tasmania on scooters to harleys and dirt bikes have gotten on board.
Coastal Riders Annual Winter Charity Ride
The ride is a big loop this year.
Leaving the carpark and looping around to the roundabout on the Pacific Highway (Old Bunnings) then across to the University on Hogbin Dr.
North to Park Beach Plaza then north on the Highway to Kungala (The Rose Farm).
West to Orara Way and then South through Glenreagh, Nana Glen and Coramba.
Continuing on to Coffs Central CBD.
Heading east along West High St, through the lights at the Pacific Highway and through the city centre heading east along Harbour Dr.
Travel down and through the Coffs Jetty strip onto Orlando St.
Finishing at LifeHouse Church; 168 Orlando St, for the celebration with an auction, giant raffle, food, drinks (no alcohol), live music and special prizes.
Entry fee this year is $20 per person which includes an annual patch, sticker, barbecue lunch and drinks.
Children 16 and are $10 each.