Riders dig deep for RSL

Zach RelphSouth Western Times
Bunbury RSL president John Gelmi thanks Nga Uri Riders vice-president Dave Tokona for the donation.
Camera IconBunbury RSL president John Gelmi thanks Nga Uri Riders vice-president Dave Tokona for the donation. Credit: Zach Relph / South Western Times

A Bunbury-based motorcycling group has donated much-needed funds to the Bunbury Returned and Services League in a bid to support ex-servicemen and women.

On May 12, Nga Uri Riders presented Bunbury RSL president John Gelmi with $1430 raised during the group’s ‘RSL Combined Forces Forever’ charity ride.

About 60 motorcycles took part in the event on April 8 which departed from Bunbury, stopped at both the Capel and Donnybrook RSLs, before returning to the Bunbury RSL headquarters.

“The ride was awesome and it was very safe,” Nga Uri vice-president and former New Zealand serviceman Dave Tokona said.

“It was good to raise the money. We want to make sure the RSL is kept alive for ex-servicemen and current servicemen.”

Nga Uri Riders was formed last year and has held charity rides for Australind teenager Zane Evans and South West drug support group Doors Wide Open.

John Gelmi accepts the donation from the Nga Uri Riders.
Camera IconJohn Gelmi accepts the donation from the Nga Uri Riders. Credit: Zach Relph / South Western Times

Mr Gelmi said the latest fundraising drive was appreciated and thanked the riders for their generosity.

“It’s a good result just for a day’s effort, the money will go to good use,” Mr Gelmi said.

“It is great to have the New Zealand people becoming more involved with us.”

Nga Uri will put on meals at the Bunbury RSL each Friday, with the first event held earlier this month.

Mr Tokona invited the public to attend and said it would be a “family-friendly environment” where everyone was welcome.

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