Bordertown’s Tree of Hope fundraising car run

Calling all motorbike riders, car enthusiasts and passionate members of the community. The Bordertown Tree of Hope annual car and motorbike run is fast approaching. 

The 300 kilometre ride takes place on Saturday, November 17, and leads locals on a mystery ride across the South East.

The ride is organised annually by Katrina Pretlove, Jimmy and Rae Featherston, Cynthia Ward and Catherine Wheeler – with the support of Matty J who will be riding his father PJ’s Harley in his loving memory.

The aim of the fundraiser run is to combine community efforts in order to help facilitate families in the lead up to the festive season.

The registration fee provides food hampers and gifts for local families, all of which is done by passionate ride supporter Jimmy Featherston, who has mapped out the run for the previous eight years. 

Jimmy, who does all of this in his own time, is just as passionate about the event now as he was when the ride first began.

Ride organiser Katrina Pretlove told the Chronicle events like this were important and appreciated in small country towns.

“It is important for us as a community to look out for each other, come together as one and all enjoy the Christmas season,” she said.

“The annual Bordertown Tree of Hope car and motorbike run is always greatly appreciated – we do it for the kids!”

With no specific fundraising goal in mind, each year the group aims to fundraise whatever the community is willing to help provide.

“As with any fundraising event, every little bit helps,” Katrina said. “We just want to be able to facilitate the community coming together in order to do something really good and positive.”

Registrations for the event open at 9am at the Bordertown Caltex, with the official convoy departing from the location at 10am sharp.

“The run leaves Bordertown and then we will be having lunch at the Naracoorte Hotel and then meeting back at Bordertown for a barbecue and presentations,” Katrina said.

“The registration cost is $20 per bike and $25 if you have a passenger … cars and utes are $20.”

The registration fee for the day provides food hampers and gifts for local families, all of which is done by long time supporter of the ride, Jimmy Featherston.

Members of the greater community can also support by participating in the raffle or by providing a gift under the Christmas tree in Foodland and Ray White.

For information contact Jimmy Featherston on 0408 520 176, Katrina Pretlove on 0415 259 862 or Cynthia Ward on 0418 848 811.