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Blanket Run 2016
On Saturday 14th May the Canberra motorcyclists came together for the Annual Blanket Run organised for over 30 years by the Motorcycle Riders Association of the ACT. Riders started arriving at Old Parliament House from 8.00 with the breakfast Egg and Bacon Rolls being provided by the Canberra Branch of the Ulysses Club. The coffee van was popular especially as it was a cool foggy morning, a reminder of the people who are homeless and what they have to cope with in the cold Canberra winters.
As Simon was busy at Stay Upright Rider Training for the morning, busy training more new riders, Jen Woods (MRA ACT President) introduced Richo to the crowd as the new MC for the event. Richo can generally be found with the Canberra Riders and it was good to have his involvement.
The Veterans MC turned up early, swooping on the coffee and breakfast, and also donated a cheque for $300 for the Blanket Run appeal to the Salvation Army’s representative, Celia Nunez. Other clubs attending the ride were Drefence Riders, led by CDF Mark Binskin, Canberra Café Racers, Canberra Riders, Female Riders of Canberra (FRoC), Ducati and BMW clubs, as well as others.
At 10.00, MRA ACT Vice President Mike Kelly led the ride out, heading to Woden, then back over Commonwealth Avenue Bridges, along Parkes Way, over Kings Avenue Bridge and returning to Old Parliament House.
Nicky Hussey, MRA ACT Secretary manned the MRA ACT tent, joining up new members and talking to riders, as Bob Howie (MRA ACT Committee member) and Leanne Patterson (MRA ACT Treasurer), both collected donations and assisted Nicky.
Local politicians Mick Gentleman MLA and Jayson Hinder, Member for Ginninderra, rode their motorcycles, and Alistair Coe, Shadow Minister for Transport donned an jacket and participated as a pillion.
An amount of around $2000 was donated, and a huge pile of blankets donated. Members of the community also came along with their donations, which was fantastic. Non perishable food was also donated and Salvation Army Envoy Roz Edwards expressed their gratitude for the assistance and assured the crowd that the donations would be well used.
MRA ACT President expressed appreciation to Greg Williams for his ongoing support for the event – Greg provides the PA and music for the event. The support of Old Parliament House, TAMS and the National Capital were also acknowledged.
We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30 at the Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah and we invite all interested riders to come along.