Big-hearted Bikers riding through Kingston

The Variety V2 Motorcycle Run will be riding through Kingston and Robe later this month to raise money for children in need.

The group will be arriving on the Kingston Foreshore at 1.30pm on October 19 before they have lunch at The Old Woolstore Cafe. 

They will continue onto the Robe foreshore out the front of Robe Hotel at 3.45pm.

The Motorcycle Run will be celebrating their 10th anniversary as 61 entrants, 29 bikes, six support vehicles, a coach and a helicopter ride off to experience the best the South East of South Australia has to offer.

This year’s event will see entrants travel from the Adelaide Hills through Meningie to Robe, where they will stop overnight and enjoy a delicious seafood extravaganza.

From Robe they will continue through Beachport and Port MacDonnell to Penola, finishing the day with a sumptuous coal fired Greek feast at Raidis Estate winery.

The following night, after travelling through western Victoria, there will be a gala dinner held in the Rymill Memorial Hall, Penola raising funds for Variety who have supported local ten-year-old boy, Max Croser, who suffered severe burns to his body.

The community has supported this event with donation of produce, auction items, and wines showcasing the Coonawarra. 

TAFE SA chef Ian Perry and his students will be catering on the evening.

“I am honoured to chair the 10th anniversary Variety V2 Motorcycle Run,’’ says Andrew Marshall, chair of the event and Director of SA Care.

‘’We look forward to some fantastic weather, great camaraderie and raising much needed funds for children in need,’’ he said.

The event has raised more than $1.7 million (net) to help children in need over its 10-year history and this year will hope to bring another $150,000 to boost that tally.

The event first began in 2006, when Anthony Toop from Toop & Toop Real Estate, who has a passion for motorbikes as well as Variety, had a vision to organise a motorcycle event to fundraise for children in who are facing many challenges through sickness, disadvantage or living with a disability.

This resulted in Anthony pulling together a few of his friends who created the founding committee and the vision for the V2 Motorcycle Run became a reality.

The V2 Motorcycle Run is an ‘up-market’ event designed to attract motorcycle enthusiasts who enjoy firing up their bikes for a four-day luxury cruise, requiring no organisation on their part.

The emphasis is on interesting roads, fabulous scenery, great food and wine and of course, fun and entertainment. 

With a helicopter offering riders a change of view and a bus for those who don’t wish to ride, this event caters for all.