Ride of Respect NZ is gearing up for another mass ride this Anzac day!
Organised by a number of ex-servicemen, the goal of the New Zealand ride is to involve as many motorcyclists as possible, from Auckland to the Lower South, to raise money and awareness for local RSAs.
The Ride of Respect began as a single event in the UK. Today, it attracts over 3,500 participants from across the world.
"Bay of Plenty riders at the Hawkes Bay Ride of Respect in 2015.
The First Ride
Jackie Adams (known to friends as Jack Wabbit) is no stranger to rides with a purpose. In his words, the idea to bring Ride of Respect to Kiwi shores all started “over a couple of beers” with friends after a charity ride. The first Ride of Respect event was such a success that demand grew, and so did the amount of people on board. There’s now a ride organiser in every main region of New Zealand, planning routes, coordinating attendees, and spreading the word. Over 900 riders donated a total of $11,000 dollars in 2015, and the Ride of Respect NZ team are keen to beat it with more locations included this year – there’s even hope that our friends across the ditch might join in.
As an ex-service man himself, with family connections to the military, Jackie knows the importance of the RSA’s role in the service community. Over half the ride organisers are also ex-forces –part of the reason why they chose to hold the ride just before Anzac day every year. The rides begin and/or end at an RSA Club, at which point all money raised is donated to the club they visit. Some RSAs are offering food and beverages to Ride of Respect participants on the day.
“I insist the money is presented to the club in front of the riders so that everyone knows it has been paid. That way no one is wondering what happened to the money raised,” Jackie says.
Ride of Respect – 24th April 2016, 10.00am*
Start point: TBC
Start point: Paeroa RSA
Start point: South Canterbury RSA
Top of the South Island
Start point: Tahuna RSA
Start point: Greymouth RSA
Start point: Napier RSA
Start point: Whangarei RSA
Start point: Papanui RSA
Start point: Tawa RSA
Start point: TBC
Lower South Island* beginning 22nd of April, 6pm
Start point: TBC – travelling from Queenstown to Dunedin, Invercargill and returning to Queenstown