Poker Run set for Saturday

For a good cause . . . Liana Gregg with her sons Jackson (1), a Heart Kid, and Fearghas (4) Broome and Bronz Otago Motorcycle Club member and Poker Run for Heart Kids Otago organiser A.J. Todd are ready for the club's annual run on Saturday. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

A motorcycle run set to depart Dunedin on Saturday is raising funds for Otago children born fighting heart conditions.

Liana Gregg, of Dunedin, said she would be on the annual Poker Run as a passenger, on the bike of her partner James Broome, a Bronz Otago Motorcycle Club member.

When the inaugural run was held in 2017, their son Jackson, who was then 3 days old, was having heart surgery.

Club member and run organiser A.J. Todd, of Dunedin, said the inaugural run was an emotional time for club members to be “capping up to ride, when one of our own was on the operating table”.

Registrations for the run on Saturday would open at the Otago Motorcycle Club clubrooms in Clark St, central Dunedin, from 8am, he said. The run would leave at 8.45am.

Riders could also register at the first stop, at the White Horse Inn car park in Milton, where riders would be given the first of five playing cards to make a poker hand.

The rest of the cards would be given out in Balclutha, Tapanui, Beaumont and Waihola.

The pack would stop for lunch at the West Otago Town and Country Club in Tapanui.

The run route was about 400km long.

The rider with the best poker hand at the end of the run would win a prize pack worth about $200.

The run would proceed rain, hail or shine as “we don’t have a plan B”.

All proceeds from the run and raffles, which included a signed Highlanders jersey, would be given to Heart Kids Otago.