Gambling for a good cause

Annual charity run to support hospice

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 10:37 07/12/2012
Dilligaf poker run
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From left, Hospice Southland promotions manager Renee Goldup, administration officer Helen O’Meara, nurse Beth Brown and Dilligaf Social Club members Robyn Watson and David Valli gear up for the motorcycle poker run.

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Southland's countryside will act as an extra large poker table during a charity bike ride with a twist this weekend.

At least 100 people are expected to take to their motorcycles on Saturday for the 9th annual Dilligaf Social Club poker run.

Bikers would ride 300km around Southland on a mystery route, collecting cards along the way to make up a poker hand, social club poker run committee member David Valli said.

The intrigue and gambling was all for a good cause, with proceeds from the event being donated to Hospice Southland.

''Some people feel a bit more passionate about it. The hospice is always looking for funding to keep the service going.''

A raffle will also be held to help raise money.

Just like the tour route, the big raffle prize was also shrouded in mystery but Mr Valli promised it would be worth the wait.

''I think someone would be quite pleased to get it, especially with Christmas coming up.''

The only real wild card was the weather, Mr Vallis said, but he hoped the forecasted bad spell would clear up in time for the event.

''It's supposed to pack up, but it might come right by Saturday with a bit of luck.''

Hospice Southland promotions manager Renee Goldup said the hospice was grateful the motorcycle club had chosen to support it.

Registration for the poker run opens at 9am tomorrow and costs $30, which includes a light lunch and a badge.

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