Riding to give a better chance at life

READY: CF sufferer Bianca Bourke, 13, (middle) with (back) Rocci Nardi, Mick Collins, Luke Bourke, Craig and Colleen Willis, Helen Collins and (front) Nathan Hawkins.
READY: CF sufferer Bianca Bourke, 13, (middle) with (back) Rocci Nardi, Mick Collins, Luke Bourke, Craig and Colleen Willis, Helen Collins and (front) Nathan Hawkins.

RIDING for a reason is one thing, but when that same cause has a face, it becomes even more important. 

Leeton’s Cystic Fibrosis Poker Run will be held on Saturday and all riders are welcome to join the fun. 

Last year’s run was cancelled due to flooding in October, with Saturday’s ride the re-scheduled event to raise much-needed funds for Cystic Fibrosis Australia.

Young Leeton shire resident Bianca Bourke, 13, is battling the disease, with organiser Craig Willis hoping residents will come on board the run to show their support. 

“That’s why we do these things, for people like Bianca,” he said. “It does hit home when you know there are local people out there with CF.”

Bianca is currently undertaking a trial to help alleviate the symptoms of CF, but will hopefully be given a new drug to start later this year at the conclusion of the trial. 

The poker run on Saturday will cover about 260 kilometres and will include a stop in at Boree Creek where the “big boys toys” show and shine event is being held. Mr Willis was hopeful riders from across the region would be supporting the event. 

“It’s always such a fun day for everyone … there’s no pressure or hassles,” he said. “This will be the 16th one we’ve held.”

The ride will get underway on Saturday, starting at the Mia Club on Racecourse Road. 

Registrations will be held from 8.30am, with riders to set off at 10am.