WHILE bikies seem to be getting a lot of bad press lately, there’s one group who are going against the flow.
The Patriots Moreton Bay Chapter recently had three members come to Evans Head and offer free rides on their Harley motorbikes to residents of the Evans Head Riverside Village at Doonbah.
Kay Terrey was one who had a go at being a “bikie for a moment” when she hopped, or rather inelegantly seated herself, on the back of Jason Colefax’s motorbike.
“There’s definitely life past 55,” Ms Terrey laughed.
“Everyone enjoyed it so much, I think they will make it an annual event.”
Patriots Australia is a military motorcycle club for serving, former regular and reserve members of the Australian, Commonwealth and Allied Defence Forces.
“Members form a proud and loyal brotherhood who share the bond of military service, all of whom have dedicated part of their lives in the defence of freedom for their country,” the club’s website says.
“Three serving members of the Royal Australian Navy started the club in 1993. These individuals considered there was a need for military personnel with a common love of motorcycles, to have a contact point wherever they were posted.
“From these few original members, the club has expanded to the stage where it has chapters in every mainland state or territory within Australia with over 300 members.
About the Patriots
THE Patriots is a family-orientated club and as such invites serving and ex-serving members to happily bring along their families to functions.
Within the club there are ex-Korea, Malaya/Borneo, Vietnam, Somalia, Gulf, Afghanistan and Timor veterans, but this is not a prerequisite for membership.
Full membership is open to all serving and ex-serving military personnel, and to others who have a direct bond with the military as supporters. Full membership is granted to persons who have served or are serving in the military (this includes reserve service).