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So what’s this all about?
Well to be honest, I was inspired by the Ace café at Christmas (Christmas Toy Run 2002). I was charged by their enthusiasm to give a smile to Children unfortunate enough to be in Hospital over Christmas holidays. I was very keen to aid in their Easter event.
I talked to the members of Sun Up Lady bikers: a group of bikers male and female, who all have access to a private group on AOL, most of the members have been found with profile searches. The group offers a private chat room (usually open 9pm onwards), and a notice board with picture facilities. Any member can leave a message or just say what junction they will be at on Saturday at whatever time. It was started less than a month ago, and has brought many people together. They too wanted to be a part of such an event, but they questioned travelling to London, to give to children in London when there were Children everywhere in Hospitals that deserved this attention. A few of the members even had careers in caring for people.
I talked to Go Star Racing, and had very positive feedback. They were very keen to support a charity this year, and asked to be kept informed of any ideas that arose.
The Ace café then informed me that their Easter event this year would be a run to Southend, for the Southend Shakedown. They had tried distributing Easter eggs to the children on previous years and found the Shakedown provided a better source of charitable involvement. This left the Easter Sunday free to organise an event.
After checking the Racing Diary and feeling pretty sure that no events clashed on that date from GSR, I suddenly realised that it was the BSB 3rd round at THRUXTON. Sun Up Ladies were very keen. I felt confident that GSR would support this event. The one thing that we all have in common is our passion for Motorbikes and Racing. We had an event.
After finding an event I started the research for a charity that involved Children near to Thruxton Race course. I felt that it was their right, as the main attraction was based in their area. I found Naomi House situated near Winchester.
Naomi House is the only Children’s hospice providing respite and palliative care to families from across central southern England who has a child with a life threatening illness. They make no charge to the families yet receive no government funding. The running costs of over £1.5 million per year have to be raised entirely from voluntary donations. About 20% of this amount comes from investments and retail activities; this leaves the trust to raise over £1.2 million – nearly £3,300 a day. For more information and a virtual tour www.naomihouse.org.uk/whatis.htm
So now we had an event to ride too and a Charity to benefit.
A sponsored bike ride to: The Little Chef A34-A303
intersection (situated 15minutes from the race course, near Andover) with the
option to attend the BSB. Get your friends and family to sponsor you by the
mile, and our target should be reached easily. As there are bikers attending
from North, South, East and West, the destination of the Little Chef offers a
great place to aim for. All we need now is lots of support. I will be dressed in
a Bunny Girl outfit (yes with stockings etc) and collecting at the races as a
last attempt at reaching our target. That’s got to be worth attending for?