THE SPENCER Gulf Tourers have used the funds raised from the 2017 Poker Run to make significant donations to the Port Augusta RSL and Port Augusta Motocross.
Port Augusta RSL were presented with the majority of the funds raised from the event, receiving $5000, while Port Augusta Motocross collected $1000.
The Poker Run took place on Saturday, September 9, with 115 motorbikes and 12 cars participating in the annual event.
Participants left Port Augusta at 10am, travelling about 300 kilometres throughout the day with stops in Port Pirie, Laura, Orroroo, Wilmington and Quorn, before arriving back home at 5pm.
Riders collected a card at each location and the person with the best poker hand received a prize of $500 at the end of the event.
Spencer Gulf Tourers President George Brittain said this year’s ride was better than previous editions.
“It gives everyone a good excuse to get together, catch up with people we haven’t seen for a long time and have a good day out,” he said.
“But it’s generally an opportunity to raise money for charitable organisations.”
The 2017 Poker Run event was the 10th edition of the event, with riders from Mildura, Whyalla, Broken Hill, Crystal Brook, Adelaide, Port Pirie and one from Esperance, Western Australia joining local participants.
In the 10-year history of the Poker Run, the Spencer Gulf Tourers have donated up to $100,000 to various local organisations.
Port Augusta RSL President Arno Schwarze said he was very grateful for the Spencer Gulf Tourers’ donation, with the funds to go towards upgrading the club’s Fulham Road base.
“This year our project is fixing up the kitchen, so that’s what all funds we receive will be going towards,” he said.
“This will assist in making the kitchen more comfortable and help us with our meals, benefitting our members and the community in general.”
The Spencer Gulf Tourers group, which is based in Port Augusta, is looking forward to another successful Poker Run in 2018.