Riding towards a good cause

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Grover's 21st annual motorcycle Easter Egg Run organiser Stephen Hackett with some of the Easter eggs which have already been donated. Photo: Janette Gellatly

WHAT began as an excuse to go for a ride has turned into a major annual charity motorcycle run.

Grover’s annual motorcycle Easter Egg Run, including a free poker run of about 100km, will be held on Sunday, April 9, beginning from Woodlands Tavern at 12.30pm and Ascot Park Hotel at 1pm.

Organiser Stephen Hackett said this year was the run’s 21st year, which gave motorcyclists the chance to donate an Easter egg as an entry fee.

“The run began as an excuse to go for a ride while working towards a good cause.”

Now, 21 years later, the run had donated “thousands” of Easter eggs to children in Southland, he said.

The eggs would be presented to the Southland Foodbank, which would hand them out to children and families in need for Easter, he said.

Mr Hackett was grateful for the “generous support” the run had already received with “hundreds of eggs” being donated by The Warehouse, Pak’N Save, Countdown and Kaye’s Bakery.

While the event was organised by the Grover Chasers Touring Bunch, Mr Hackett said all motorcyclists were welcome, with up to 70 people taking part some years.

He stressed the Grovers were not a club, rather just a bunch of guys who got together to ride their bikes.

“The group originated in Christchurch in 1989 when a guy popped into a Shell service station and brought out a Grover [toy]… we have been chasing them ever since.”

Souvenir badges from the run will also be available for $10 while stocks last.

For more information, contact Mr Hackett on 027 656 4375 or Vicki Hackett on 03 218 6481.

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