HUNDREDS of Eastern Cape bikers gathered at the East London War Memorial to pay tribute to fellow riders who had lost their lives.
REMEMBERING: To honour fallen bikers, bikers from all corners in the Eastern Cape gathered at the War Memorial in Oxford Street to participate in the ’Memorial Run Biker Blessing’ which was hosted by the Christian Motorcycle Association yesterday. Picture: ALAN EASON
The annual global event, known as the “Memorial Run Biker Blessing”, was hosted in East London for the first time by the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA).
CMA’s Pastor Paul Wright said the purpose of the event was to remember bikers who had fallen and to pray for blessings and the safety of bikers who have survived.
He said bikers around the world did this each year to thank the Lord for “keeping us safe and also in remembrance of those who died while riding on their motorcycles”.
Wright said hundreds of bikers had died over the years. mkl
Led and flanked by traffic officers, the bikers proceeded to the Deck in Gonubie where Wright delivered a message of encouragement and presented plaques for four fallen bikers who died last year.
Hawks Motorcycle Club president, Andre Stellenbosh, said the club had lost four brothers in four years and “today we are here to remember them”.
King William’s Town based Road Eagles Motorcycle Club’s Lisa Qubula, who is vice-president of the event, said they were well aware of the dangers of biking but that would never stop them from riding.
“Obviously there are risks involved. The moment you put on your helmet and your gear we pray for a safe journey. We love riding and we cannot and will not stop,” Qubula said.
One of the bikers and a member of CMA Lizelle Brown said they planned to host the event every year. — firstname.lastname@example.org