SCRAPHEAPERS are doing it again. The big-hearted bunch of motorcyclists is taking part on another Scrapheap Adventure Ride, departing Inverell on August 23 for a 1000km, three-day ride to Urana, NSW.
They are inviting other riders to join in the fun.
The riders will join teams from across the state in Urana for a three day festival, with a three day return.
The ride is a major fundraiser for Down Syndrome NSW, supporting research, education and support for those with Down Syndrome. There are several activities and a generous raffle before the ride to raise money for their charity, Down Syndrome NSW.
Organiser Col Meacham said the state ride has raised over $300,000 since the inception in 2011, and Inverell has been part of that effort.
“We’ve been involved for five years, and we’ve raised $40,000 so far, as of last year,” he said.
“They’re looking for 100 riders, $100,000 this year, and if we look for 15 riders, $15,000 I reckon we’ll be doing pretty good.”
The 2015 Inverell appeal has a generous raffle and events scheduled to raise funds. The raffle has a first prize of a $1000 voucher for Windsong Travel sponsored by Campbell and Freebairn Chemists.
Second prize is a $500 for the travel agent, backed by Kim and Debbie McGovern.
The $5 raffle tickets are available at Campbell and Freebairn, Macintyre Medical Centre and Inverell Motorcycles.
Inverell Motorcycles will host a 300km Poker Run on August 15, departing from the Oxford Hotel, and a 300km off-road ride on August 29. Both rides will be additional fundraising events for the charity.
Brendon Campbell took part in the adventure ride for the first time in 2014, with P plates on his motorcycle.
“We had a ball. Great group. We had a lot of support,” he said. Debbie said she and Kim are riding the Scrapheap for the third time because it is just a fun ride.
“And when we get down to wherever we’re going, which is Urana this year, there could be 300 more riders there, and we just camp out, and get together, and meet and talk,” she said.
“It’s just good fun.”
The adventure ride was founded by Perry Gilsenan in 2011 in response to his daughter who has Down Syndrome.
To learn more about the Scrapheap Adventure Ride, or the local Poker Run and Off-road Ride, contact Inverell Motorcycles 6721 1200, or find the team on Facebook: teaminverellscrapheapadventureride.