Ladies revved up to join bikers? annual toy run
By NERIDA BLOK
CHIQUITA CORAM plans to put her newly-acquired motorcycle licence to good use tomorrow morning.
The Lismore Heights biker will ride in the annual North Coast Children's Motorcycle Toy Run.
The run, started by the biker fraternity 24 years ago, aims to collect money and toys for Northern Rivers children from underprivileged families.
More than 200 bikers are expected to ride in convoy with a police escort from Ballina to Lismore.
Ms Coram said that by participating in this year's charity event with fellow Lismore motorcycle workmate Debbie Bugden, she hoped to encourage other young women into the 'male-dominated' domain.
"It's nice to be in control of your own bike rather than being a pillion (passenger)," Ms Coram said.
Patrick Higgins, of Alstonville, is helping to organise the ride, which will start with breakfast at 8am at the Ballina Seagulls Rugby League Club car park. From there riders will depart for Lismore, finishing about 10am in the car park opposite Oakes Oval.
"All toys or money donated at either car park will be handed over to the 2LM Christmas Appeal," he said.
Mr Higgins, a biker himself, said it was great to be able to help needy people.