Bikers rally for Riley

Tracey and Riley McKechnie with club members from FBDC, Karratha Bikers Lower 26th Chapter and SRSC. Picture: Robin Kornet www.communitypix.com.au d398665
Tracey and Riley McKechnie with club members from FBDC, Karratha Bikers Lower 26th Chapter and SRSC. Picture: Robin Kornet www.communitypix.com.au d398665

Riley McKechnie died on April 17 after bravely battling spinal cord and brain cancer medulloblastoma.

His family, who had been told their little boy had only three months to live, had exhausted their finances treating his illness and found themselves unable to afford to pay for his funeral.

Word of their plight found its way to the Karratha Bikers Lower 26th Chapter which, along with other motorcycle enthusiast clubs, planned A Run for Riley.

The fundraising run, which took place on Saturday, raised $20,000 (and still counting) to cover the family’s immediate bills and the little boy’s send-off.

The rest of the money will be used to create a ‘Riley’s Corner’ with toys and games at Princess Margaret Hospital, and to make a donation to the Childhood Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation.

Lower 26th Chapter member Pat ‘Tig’ Heathcote said the contribution made by run hosts Ye Olde Narrogin Inn, The Mundaring Hotel, The Mount Helena Tavern, The Noble Falls Hotel and Casuarina’s Marri Park Tavern was second-to-none.

Visit http:// www.facebook.com/ARunForRiley for more details.