Children’s ward gains from poker run fun
THEIR goal was to cross off whatever they could from the Grafton Base Hospital children's ward wish list.
And after raising more than $2000, the Clarence Coast Riders did just that.
With a grand total of $2229.95, their inaugural poker run raised enough money to fund an Airvo - a humidifier and oxygen blender.
Nurse unit manager for the children and adolescent ward Amanda Fryer said the hospital would not have been able to buy the machine without the generosity of the Clarence Coast Riders.
"It's great; it gives us the ability to give children what we haven't been able to before," Ms Fryer said.
The Airvo is like a regular oxygen machine, but humidifies the air, increasing the oxygen's ability to help those with respiratory problems.
It is more comfortable, less confronting and more manoeuvrable than regular machines and can produce a better result.
Poker run committee member Carolyn Payne said the event, held on September 28, was better than they could have hoped for.
"We would have been happy to raise anything, but for our first poker run we really had a great turn out," Mrs Payne said.
With 115 riders, 20 passengers and a bunch of supporters who tagged along to the different pubs, the Clarence Coast Riders thought it only appropriate to make it an annual event.
"We think each year we will pick a different ward of the hospital and raise money for them," she said.