Riders take to the open road in the name of charity
FORGET what you learnt from Bikie Wars and forget your gnarly stereotypes, because these motorbike enthusiasts are anything but the bad guys we see on TV.
They may be leather-laden and peppered with tattoos, but the Clarence Coast Riders are using their passion for riding for good.
On September 28 the club will host a Poker Run to raise money for the Grafton Base Hospital Children's ward.
Charity ride committee member Carolyn Payne said the club hoped to raise enough money to cross off some items from the hospital's wish list.
"Every ward in the hospital has a wish list, what equipment that ward needs, so whatever we raise, we will buy off that list," Ms Payne said.
"If we make $100, then we make $100, if we make $10,000 then we make $10,000, we really don't have a ballpark figure at the moment."
Ms Payne said the idea to hold a charity ride was a no-brainer.
"My husband, Anthony Payne, started up the Clarence Coast Riders club about 12 months ago and now we've got more than 200 members," she said.
"We all go for rides, and most of us have kids and grandkids, so we thought we'd do something to help kids.
"We wanted the money to stay in Grafton, so this is what we came up with."
Riders from Inverell, Tamworth, the Gold Coast and beyond have already shotgunned a place in the pack of riders that will cruise around the Clarence.
The ride leaves the Five Mile Pub in South Grafton at 9am, where market stalls will be set up alongside face painters, a jumping castle and more.
When the ride returns about 2pm, the live music (including Just Our Luck and Col Finlay) will kick off, and a tattoo show for all inked people to enter for free.
Raffles will offer Wish Gift vouchers up to $500 plus some limited edition bottles of rum.
The winner of the poker hand at the end of the day takes home $500.
Phone Anthony Payne on 0438 771 760 or Wayne Hadaway on 0428 169 294 for more information.
Ride ticket $30 (includes event patch, stubby holder, meal ticket, entry to the live entertainment and ride registration.)
Entertainment is open to the public for $15, but to head along during the day it's free.
WHAT THE HECK IS A POKER RUN?
GLAD you asked. A poker run is like a pub crawl, but at each pub, you are given a card.
By the end of the crawl, you'll have a five-card hand, and the highest hand wins.
The Clarence Coast Riders and their posse will start at the Five Mile Pub, South Grafton, where they will be dealt their first card.
As a group, they'll ride to Coutts Crossing, enjoy a cold brew (or perhaps a coffee if it's a little too early in the morning) and be given a second card.
Then it's off to Copmanhurst for their third card, to Lawrence for their fourth and then back to the Five Mile for their fifth.
If there is a tie for winner, another poker hand will be dealt until there is a sole winner.
The crew will cover about 208km and the ride is expected to span 4-5 hours, starting at 9am.