Push for more women at Ride of Respect
A Canterbury women's club is encouraging its members to participate in a nationwide event which raises funds for returned servicemen and women.
The Canterbury Women's Motorcyclist Club has encouraged its members to join the Ride of Respect on Sunday, where more than 100 motorcyclists are expected to gather from across South Canterbury to fundraise for the RSA.
The ride is a nationwide fundraiser for the RSA, organised by former servicemen.
Canterbury Women's Motorcyclist Club administrator Emma Scott said the group was set up for like-minded women who enjoyed riding motorbikes.
The club would take up "any opportunity to go for a ride together and support events with a national focus", Scott said.
Many members had been impacted by the RSA in some way so it was "always good to go along for a ride" and it was "a fun day out", she said.
South Canterbury RSA general manager Michelle Brown said 100 riders took part in the ride last year, but they hoped to exceed that number this year.
She said it was usually men on the ride but it was open to both men and women and last year they had a range of participants, and encouraged anyone to come down and join.
"We even had one person on a moped and someone who bought a tricycle down ... as long as it's roadworthy, come along."
The ride will start from the South Canterbury RSA and take in a loop trip up to the Geraldine RSA through Mayfield, Ashburton, Temuka and back to Timaru, with meals throughout the day provided.
Brown said any money raised from the ride would be given to the Poppy Trust and would be made available for veterans and their families in need.