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Charity bikers set to hit the road

CHARITY RIDE: Southern Cross founding members John Webster on a Honda VTX 1300 and Mark Kenzler on a Suzuki Boulevard C50.

The Wimmera’s newest motorcycle club will have its first social ride on September 4.
A groundswell of support and interest has prompted Southern Cross Riders, who will use their love of motorcycles and riding to raise money for Wimmera charities, to ride to Hamilton and back.
Inaugural club president Mark Kenzler said it had only taken four weeks for an idea to evolve into a club.
“We moved to Horsham to run Smerdon Lodge nearly four years ago and had always thought about forming a club. A few blokes met who were interested and in our first meet and greet day we immediately picked up 20 full members and three social members,” he said. “And more people are joining every day. The response has blown us away.”
Mr Kenzler said the club, which will establish its headquarters at Murtoa’s Railway Hotel, was about promoting the enjoyment of riding motorcycles and mateship while helping the community.
Southern Cross Riders have already swung into charity mode. They have presented four portable dvd players and a box of dvds to Wimmera Health Care Group for bed-ridden children to use at Wimmera Base Hospital.
“We hope to follow this up by supplying the hospital with a library. We’ve also heard they might need some gardening work so we’ll offer to help with that as well,” Mr Kenzler said.
“But it’s just the start. We have a lot of plans in the pipeline. We want to do three to four charity runs each year and every two or three months will distribute money for various Wimmera charities and other broader programs.”
The club is already planning a major ‘show and shine’ event at Murtoa next February.
Mr Kenzler said the club was open to anyone, male or female over 18, who enjoyed riding road-based motorcycles.
“It’s open to people with various levels of experience and bikes,” said.
The September 4 social ride will depart from Dimboola Road Takeaway in Horsham at 9.30am. The group will stop for lunch at Caledonian Hotel Motel.
Mr Kenzler said the ride would cost $15 which included lunch and people needed to register no later than this Friday.
He said people could call him on 5382 3123 or Warren Bland, 5385 2241.

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Posted on Aug 25 2010

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