Christmas Lights Ride

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Date(s) - 12/12/2019
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Hello Jeffrey here, this year is the fifth annual charity ride which has been supported by the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation from the beginning and many local businesses. I began the ride four years ago with my Grandson Oliver in mind as he has to go to the children’s outpatient ward for treatment every two weeks, and I wanted him to know that I love him and that a lot of people care about him. Oliver was diagnosed early with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis JIA, a very painful illness treated with regular injections and medications and diet control over the last six years and continuing indefinitely. Then I found out it was illegal for a child under eight years of age to be a pillion on a motorcycle so poor little Ollie had to wait; (because his Mum said I’m a responsible adult) but last year his waiting was over and he came on my bike to help lead the ride and he loved it; he is so proud to show people that he has a motorcycle ride named after him and that he has lots friends on motorbikes. He has been having lots of practice rides, he loves riding and loves to wear his vest and ride captain patch, made especially for him. 

Ollie is a truly beautiful natured child that loves to share and help out other kids; he is really looking forward to being a ride captain again on the day and meeting all his friends, everyone new and also all the other children. The colour chosen by the JIA foundation banner is purple, that’s why my bike has so many purple lights on it, the colour goes really well with all the Christmas lights. 
There are a lot of charity events this time of year and its hard to support them all, so you do not have to bring a gift just throw some cheap battery or solar powered lights on your bike to add to the numbers to help make a light spectacular as we enter the grounds of the Gold Coast University Hospital so that Ollie can boast about it for years to come and he can go sleep knowing he has a lot of mates out there thinking about him and he really loves the idea that he helped donate gifts for all the other kids like him that are in hospital often or in for the first time. Ollie and I hope to see you there on your decorated bike with some lights some tinsel and a big smile for Ollie. Thank you, Jeffrey 

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