Riders pay their respects

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Awarua RSA president Ian Beker (left) receives a cheque from Ride of Respect Southland organiser Stephen Hackett at the 2NZEF Club in Don St, Invercargill. Photo: Supplied

RIDERS and passengers, regardless of club affiliation or type of bike, took part in the Ride of Respectto commemorate Anzac Day.

Southland organiser Stephen Hackett said the not-for-profit ride was to remember veterans who had died and support those who were still here, with funds raised going to the RSA.

The southern ride left from the Awarua RSA to the Gore RSA, before the 47 riders met up with the Dunedin group at Raes Junction. Alexandra was the group’s next stop where another six riders from Central Otago joined the motorcade, before travelling through Frankton, Lumsden and back to Invercargill for the night. On the Sunday, the group travelled back to Gore for speeches and to lay a wreath at the cenotaph.

The $1600 raised during the weekend was spread evenly among the four RSA clubs the group visited – Dunedin, Alexandra, Gore and Awarua, Mr Hackett said.

“It was an honour to be part of the thousands of riders, in centres all through New Zealand that were involved in the Ride of Respect, raising both awareness and funds for their local RSA and paying our respects for those who put their lives on the line so that we can enjoy the freedom and lifestyle we have because of them.”

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