More than 220 bike enthusiasts joined in the ride.
More than 220 bike enthusiasts joined in the ride. Rob Wright

Revellers rally

THE response simply blew organisers away.

It was only six weeks ago that Coastal Riders founder Tony Dean thought a charity motorbike ride to help get blankets, towels and other warm items plus non-perishable food to those in need would be a good idea.

In such a short space of time Mr Dean thought having 40 or 50 bike riders on the day would be a great response.

For this reason he and fellow organisers couldn't believe it when more than 220 arrived to show their support for the cause.

"I did say let's set a goal of 100 bikes and 100 blankets," Mr Dean said.

That goal was well and truly reached with two trailer loads of blankets and doonas donated as well as more than $2000 cash.

LifeHouse Church was thrilled to receive the donations from the inaugural run.

"The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul do a great job but everyone knows them," the Coastal Riders founder said.

"We thought it would be good to help out a local group."

Mr Dean said Coastal Riders was planning an even bigger event in 2013.

"It was a bit of a rush job to be honest but next year is going to be even better," he said.



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