Many a great idea has been born over a bar and the Tuross Head One Tree Poker run was no exception – to the future gratitude of seafarers in trouble.
The Saturday event raised more than $2000 for Tuross Head Marine Rescue and was the brainchild of two women who, in 2013, were bar supervisors at Tuross Head Country Club.
Deb O’Connor and Kath Rossiter were there to take part in the third poker run on the weekend, complete with Harleys.
One seafarer who has got into trouble in the past proved his gratitude to Marine Rescue on Saturday by donating his $500 winnings.
Peter Roberts rode from Canberra and his firm, Canberra Harley Davidson, sponsored the annual charity event.
Spokeswoman Annette Kennewell said the day was a huge success and 133 motorcyclists had attended.
Ms Kennewell said she was touched by Mr Roberts’ gesture.
“It was a generous, magnanimous gesture to receive a $500 cash prize and donate the whole lot to Marine Rescue,” Ms Kennewell said.
“He was showing his appreciation, because as a fisherman on the South Coast while on his holidays, he has been previously rescued.”
Last year the run raised more than $2,500 for Marine Rescue.
The event started at 10am at the Tuross Head Country Club.
Motorcyclists ride through Bodalla and Narooma to their first stop at the Bermagui pub.
Next stop is for lunch at the Tathra pub, overlooking the ocean.
Following lunch, the bikers ride to the Candelo pub for a rest stop.
They then ride back up the Princes Highway, through Cobargo, Narooma and Bodalla, to their final stop at Tuross Head Country Club.
At each stop, the riders receive a playing card to make up a poker hand. The winner is the rider with the best hand of poker.
The Tuross Head One Tree Poker Run has become a popular annual event, attracting keen motorcyclistsfrom the Eurobodalla and Sapphire Coasts, the Riverina, the ACT and the Illawarra.
Visitors to the South Coast love the scenic ride and have previously enjoyed watching whales breach.
Riders include members of the Ulysses and Harley Owners’ groups, better known as HOGs, plus riders from the Eurobodalla Classic and Vintage Motor Club.
Tuross Marine Rescue Squad meets on Tuesdays from 4.30pm at the boatsheds. Active members are required for boat duties, but must be more than 18 years old.
Other workers and members are always welcome. Phone 4473 6488.