Gladiators expected to raise thousands for Ronald McDonald House from weekend bike run

A weekend charity bike run organised by Maitland’s Gladiators Motor Cycle Club, is expected to have raised thousands of dollars for Ronald McDonald House.

The run on Saturday left Maitland’s Metropolitan Hotel with well over 200 bikes weaving their way through the Coalfields for the annual fundraising event.

Organiser, Willo, said last year’s event raised more than $7000 for palliative care and he expects thousands will be raised from Saturday’s event.

“We haven’t done the final tally yet with representatives from Ronald McDonald House taking the money with them back to Newcastle after riders registered,” he said. “Just through registrations there would have been more than $2000 raised but donations were also being made on the day.”

Willo said the ride attracted not only Gladiators and their partners but also members of the Bandidos and the general public.

He said the event would not have been possible without the help of sponsors who donated raffle prizes. “The Gladiators would like to thank Maitland Motorcycles, Spit & Polish, O'Neill’s Tyres, Lorn Butchery,  Dungog Butchers, Brisan Motorcycles, Inspirations Hair Design and Largs Hotel for their generosity and support,” he said.

Ronald McDonald House Newcastle is located on the grounds of the John Hunter Children’s Hospital providing a ‘home away from home’ to families of children receiving treatment for serious and life threatening conditions.