Ride to Ridge for the Little Wings of children

WE’LL be back bigger and better next year. That’s what the organisers of a charity motorbike ride are promising after a successful trip first time around.

About 50  riders from the Guardian Angel Motorbike Club spent the day soaking up the sun in Lightning Ridge yesterday after the 435km trek from Tamworth on Saturday to raise money for Little Wings.

BIG ANGELS: Manilla’s Richard, holding Olivia, and Emma Coombes wave off the Adrian (Ace) Simshauser and the Guardian Angel Motorbike riders on the inaugural Ride to Ridge.

BIG ANGELS: Manilla’s Richard, holding Olivia, and Emma Coombes wave off the Adrian (Ace) Simshauser and the Guardian Angel Motorbike riders on the inaugural Ride to Ridge.

“The ride went so beautifully it was unbelievable,” organiser Adrian Simshauser said from Lightning Ridge.

“We had lead riders and everyone hung in behind.

“It was just beautiful scenery.”

Mr Simshauser said the club had raised about $3,000 or so from Saturday night festivities in the auction and there was still money to come in from the poker ride along the way as well as raffles and any donations still to flow on the return trip.

The money will go towards Little Wings – the not-for-profit organisation flying local sick children to Westmead Hospital for treatment free of charge.

It was the Coombes story and the generous work of the Little Wings that prompted Mr Simshauser to rally the troops for the long weekend ride.

There was no flat tyres and no big bumps along the way. It was smooth sailing for the riders, who had come from near and far.

“The youngest rider is 19 and they go up to about 65, 70-years-old,” Mr Simshauser said.

“We had people from Darwin, Coffs Harbour, Ballina, a group from Port Macquarie, but everything counted.”

It’s the inaugural Ride to Ridge but based on the good time had by all so far, it definitely won’t be the last.

“I’d just like to thank everyone for their support, the Lightning Ridge residents were very good at the auctions,” Mr Simshauser said.

“We’re going to ride back as a group [today] and look after each other and then we’ll start the ball rolling for another ride next year.”

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