Mandurah Christmas charity ride gets green light for 2020

READY TO ROLL: The Mandurah Murray Motorcycle Charity Ride will go ahead this year, as the annual Mandurah Christmas tradition enters its 29th year. Photo: File image.
READY TO ROLL: The Mandurah Murray Motorcycle Charity Ride will go ahead this year, as the annual Mandurah Christmas tradition enters its 29th year. Photo: File image.

The annual Mandurah Murray Motorcycle Charity Ride is all set to go ahead in 2020, bringing food and toys to disadvantaged children in the Peel region around Christmas time for the 29th consecutive year.

The ride will see hundreds of motorcycles rumble their way from Pinjarra's Sir Ross McLarty Oval to Mandurah's western foreshore.

It has become a staple of the Peel region's Christmas festivities over the years, and is done for a magnificent cause.

But the event came close to cancellation in 2020, with COVID-19 throwing plenty of hurdles in the way.

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However, the City of Mandurah council gave the ride the green light at a meeting earlier this month, and now it's full steam ahead.

The Peel and Rockingham Freemasons are busily bringing large quantities of food for distribution to needy families.

Woolworths supermarkets in the area are all donating food to ensure families that are doing it tough will not be disadvantaged over the Christmas period, too.

The ride takes on extra importance this year, with many families doing it tough financially due to the pandemic.

Event organisers have already been inundated with calls from families needing assistance.

The ride will leave Sir Ross McLarty Oval at 10am on Saturday, December 12, arriving at the western foreshore an hour later.

The event attracts hundreds of keen riders from all over the state, with stalls, food and entertainment usually capping off the journey at the foreshore.

For more information on the ride call Mandurah Murray Motorcycle Charity Ride Association secretary Graham Cowell on 0497 261 378.

Alternatively, you can email gvcowell@westnet.com.au or visit the Mandurah Murray Ulysses + Mandurah Christmas Charity Ride Facebook page.