ABOUT 200 bikers will ride into town with a police escort on Saturday to raise funds for and awareness of the teenage suicide issue in Southland.
The Tribal Nations Motorcycle Club (TNMC) riders, who belong to a nationwide non-gang charitable organisation, will ride from Dunedin to Queens Park in Invercargill.
Event organiser Phillip Rangi, of Invercargill, said the Riders Against Teenage Suicide (RATS) event was aimed at encouraging peer-to-peer support and all money raised from fees and donations would go to the Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust.
The trust would also hold a 30-minute Hope Walk event from the Queens Park band rotunda starting at noon.
Other motorcyclists were invited to join the TNMC riders en route (with a $15 registration fee), starting from the BP Southern Wild Bean Cafe in Dunedin at 9am.
From there they will travel to Gore to meet other riders at the brown trout statue from 10am-11am.
About noon they will be escorted from the Invercargill Eastern Cemetery by police.
At Queens Park, guest speakers will include members of the Southern Steel netball team, Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt and city councillor Toni Biddle.
The event will finish about 3pm.
For more information, phone Mr Rangi on 027 222 2273.