Bikers Run for Riley gives vital support

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

Kwinana boy Riley McKechnie (3) lost his battle with cancer yesterday.

His final days were spent with family, holidaying in Broome, before he was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital this week.

As if this news was not devastating enough, the family feared they would not have the money to pay for his funeral.

Word of their battle found its way to the Karratha Bikers Association (KBA) Lower 26th Chapter, which initiated the idea for the A Run for Riley fundraiser.

The $15 entry fee and funds raised on the day from raffle sales will be donated to Riley’s family to help them with funeral costs and day-to-day expenses.

More than $3000 has already been raised, with any extra funds to be donated to a children’s cancer charity.

KBA Lower 26th Chapter president Patrick Heathcote, of Armadale, said between 250 and 300 people were already expected on the day. Mr Heathcote said members met their newest hero for the first time on Sunday and gave him a bear dressed like a biker.

‘That was amazing, not one of the bikers took their sunglasses off because I doubt there was a dry eye among us,’ he said.

The Run will start at the Ye Olde Narrogin Inn, Armadale and travel between the Mundaring Hotel, Helena Valley Tavern and Noble Falls Tavern before ending at the Marri Park Tavern in Casuarina. Participants can take part on bike, trike or in a car.

The event is on April 27, with registrations from 9am for a 10am start at the Ye Olde Narrogin Inn, corner Albany Highway and South West Highway.

Visit facebook.com/ARunForRiley.