Veterans prepare for Anzac Day run from Moree to Mungindi

Brothers in arms: Veterans Motorcycle Club will head to Moree on April 29 for the regular run to raise funds for Mungindi's elderly and veterans. Photo: Supplied
Brothers in arms: Veterans Motorcycle Club will head to Moree on April 29 for the regular run to raise funds for Mungindi's elderly and veterans. Photo: Supplied

Whether you’d rather be up front in a pack or poking along enjoying the scenery, all riders are invited to an Anzac Day Poker Run on April 29.

Hosted by Veterans Motorcycle Club Rock Valley Chapter, the run will start at Thomas Lee Harley Davidson in Moree and take riders through the country side to Mungindi’s 2 Mile Hotel.

Rock Valley Chapter member Laurie Whittaker, formerly of Mungindi, hoped to see 60 or more bikes involved in this year’s run, 30 of those being veterans.

What started in the early 2000s, the regular run involves all types of bikes and river experience levels.

“Basically, as long as you have a motorcycle, you can ride along. You don’t have to keep up with the pack or ride a certain kind of bike,” he said.

This year riders will start at Moree before heading to Boomi, lunch at Talwood, through Nindigully and arriving at Mungindi’s infamous 2 Mile Hotel.

Laurie chose the Talwood-Nindigully way to spice things up a bit this year.

“Not many of our coastal riders have been to Nindigully so we thought we better take them through,” he said.

Each ride raises money for charity, this year for Mungindi’s Home for the Aged and Veterans.

“One year we raise $10,000 for the town, so hopefully this year we can do some good deeds for Mungindi’s elderly and veterans,” he said.

One the group arrive at Mungindi there will be a night not to be missed.

Live entertainment has been booked and an auction will be held with MC Col Pring ready to raise some funds.

“We have a Byron Bay holiday to auction off on the night,” he said.

Accommodation is available at the 2 Mile along with plenty of swag spaces for those who wish to camp out.

The Rock Valley Chapter has organised buses from Mungindi’s township to head out to the 2 Mile for locals who don’t want to drive.

“Families and children are welcome to come out and enjoy the night once we get to town.” Rider entry is set at $25 per person with registrations starting at 10am out the front of Thomas Lee’s Harley Davidson. The ride will start at 11.30am sharp. For more, phone Laurie on 0418 672 170.