Harley riders take a stand against violence
HARLEY rider Gary "Dogs" Anderson uses his custom bikes for a good time and a good cause.
"The only better thing than riding with the boys is riding to help someone out," he said.
At the White Ribbon Rider's "Show 'n' Shine" on Saturday, Gary won first and second prize for best custom bike, cheered on by the group of around 40 riders who gathered to stand up against domestic violence.
"My bikes stand-out and when we go out as a group, people pay attention," he said.
"It's awesome to get out there and show Gladstone we're not going to put up with violence against women, and have a good time while we're at it."
When he heard about the event he put up his hand straight away.
He said he knows using motorbikes to raise money for a cause works.
Earlier this year, he and his mates helped to raise $20,000 for his two-year-old grandson to receive medical treatment in France.
"The little fella had horrific eczema," he said.
"He had never slept in his own bed because his little body was one big scab and he was always scratching."
In partnership with Daly's Gym, 106 riders went for a cruise before meeting at the gym for live music, raffles and food.
"We had so much support from local businesses donating raffle prizes, and sponsoring the event," he said.
"We raised $10,000 that night and then a few boys at the gym got on board and raised another $10,000 with the crew at WICET."
He said it was heartbreaking to see his grandson in so much pain.
"But knowing how much going to France helped him brings a tear to your eye, and the fact we helped him do it by riding is unreal," he said.
"When he got back he slept in his bed for the first time and he's not itchy anymore.
"It's amazing that just riding a motorbike and having a group of mates to support you can make such a difference to people's lives."