A record number of bikers participated in the Ride for Remembrance from St Michael’s Beach on a beautiful Sunday morning.
The community and bikers gathered at the St Michael’s Beach parking area, to join in a short remembrance service given by Pastor Kevin, followed by the release of helium-filled bio-degradable doves, and allowing all present time to remember their loved ones who were called to higher service.
This is an annual fundraiser for South Coast Hospice, and is aimed at bikers who are strong supporters of quality palliative patient care at South Coast Hospice.
A record entry of over 120 bikers took part in the ride, which took them through to Southbroom and then to the finish at Douglas Mitchell, everyone was welcomed with a Sherry Shooter. They were able to relax and enjoy music by Darryl King and a well prepared and presented breakfast by Eddie Retief and his staff (147 meal plates were served on the day).
Lucky draw prizes were handed out to lucky participants and an auction of three items, an axe, R1000 tattoo voucher sponsored by Amazon Creations, and a set of glasses and ice bucket were auctioned off. R1,150 was raised from the auction and a total of R7,000 was raised on the day.
South Coast Hospice fund-raising co-ordinator BT King said, “A big thank you must go to our sponsors, Amazon Creations, for the two tattoo vouchers, Lindsey Eggs for the donations of egg pulp, Fresh Meat for their donation towards the bacon, Mndeni Meats for the donation towards the boerewors, Tasmia Desai for the donation of the bread rolls and Eddie and Attie of Douglas Mitchell, for the donation of 60 free meals.
“As always, your sponsorship and biker and community participation has helped South Coast Hospice to be able to continue with ongoing quality palliative patient care through our Kingfisher House Inpatient Unit for care given to patients living with life-threatening illness in the Unit and in their homes through our Home Care visits by Sr Sheila Smook and Diane Christensen. Thanks to the very kind participants who took part in the auction, it covered the costs of the helium and the bio-degradable doves.
“To all the bikers who participated, we thank you for your participation. This has been the biggest Ride for Remembrance in the last five years, and your help with the fund-raising project is very valuable to South Coast Hospice.
“We pray for your continued safety on the road, and until we meet again, may your road ahead of you bring joy, peach and happiness in everything you do and to the people you continue to bless with your fund-raising efforts.”