Charity Bikes

Roaring back into town

• Bike rider Marty Vukovic and Sue Henley of Condobolin at last years annual Condo Charity bike run. Scott Chamney


By Melissa Blewitt

The Condobolin community can go ‘hog wild’ when 80 riders roar into town as part of the 2016 Condobolin Picnic Races.

This will be the eleventh year the group has made their way to Condobolin, bringing fun and raising funds for local projects.

Some 80 riders will converge on the town for the weekend of the races, offering rides on their Harley Davidson motorcycles that will benefit the Condobolin Helipad.

The history of this ride began in November 2005, when organiser Manfred (Freddy) Wittek and nine of his friends came to Condobolin to visit their friend Greg Cooper (former publican of the Condobolin Hotel).

“It was Greg’s idea for us to come back in February for the Picnic races weekend and to give some of the locals rides on our Harley Davidson Motorcycles,” Mr Wittek said.

“And to hopefully raise some money for a local cause.”

During that first weekend, they had 15 riders. Now 11 years later the number has grown to 80, coming to town for the races weekend.

Over the years, the group has supported the Lions Club, Ugly Bar Tender, Fairholme Bush Fire Brigade and now the Condobolin Hospital Helipad.

Last year they raised and donated $3,000, which was donated to the United Hospital Auxiliary’s (UHA) Helipad project.

“All the guys coming out to Condobolin for the ride and the races weekend are friends and friends of friends. We are not a Motorcycle club or a gang, just a bunch of guys that enjoy and ride and a good time,” Mr Wittek said.

“On Saturday (20 February) morning we will be doing Harley Davidson Motor Cycle rides around town for a donation to the Helipad as well as raffling off a few prizes over the weekend. Bob with his Trike will also be back this year.

“This year we want to sell a day out (Sunday, 21 February) for a Ride on a Harley Davidson Motorcycle with Lunch.

“We would love to have the support of the Condobolin community. Come and enjoy a ride, and help raise money for a great local cause.”

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