Fundraiser for Chris

Motorcycle instructor Chris Welch. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

Get on your bike next Sunday to help raise money for an iconic Tauranga biker.

Bayride Motorcycles is hosting a charity motorcycle ride for motorbike riding instructor Chris Welch.

Chris was involved in a high-speed collision with a driver who was asleep at the wheel earlier last year.

She has spent two decades training riders and is a staunch advocate of road safety.

Since the accident, Chris is dealing with a myriad of physical and financial hurdles, and in September 2016, Chris was told she would lose her right leg, after enduring many operations to try and save her legs.

She will now need three prosthetic legs - one for walking, another for working around her farm and a third for getting back on her motorcycle.

Next Sunday, January 15, Bayride Motorcycles and Motor Trade Association Tauranga Branch are hosting a charity motorcycle ride for Chris.

Motorcyclists are invited to join in solidarity and support for Chris, and funds raised will go toward keeping the business afloat and help fund the personal touches not covered by ACC.

The charity ride will start and end at Bayride Motorcycles, located at 337 Cameron Road, meeting at 1:30pm on Sunday January 15.

Cost is $20 per head which includes a barbecue at the end , at about 4pm, and MTA are supporting with the barbecue and prizes on the day.

MTA's national business advisor manager Ian Davis says the MTA is pleased to get in behind a great cause and showing support for a local who is instrumental in keeping people safe on the roads.

To RSVP phone 07 571 3040, email admin@bayride.co.nz or join on the Facebook event 



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