HOGs heroes at Marburg

Brisbane Harley Owners Group ride captain Russell Browning led the ride group into Marburg State School on Sunday, 19 May. Pictures: BRISBANE HOGS

The Brisbane Harley Owners Group (HOGs) made a special visit to Marburg State School on Sunday, 19 May, raising funds for both Muscular Dystrophy Queensland (MDQ) and the school’s P and C.

Brisbane HOGs chapter director Annabelle Biddulph said the riders have supported MDQ for around 28 years as one of its four key fundraising calendar events.

“Each year the route is different, we try to look for places where we can have a morning tea, normally we host ourselves so that it’s at no cost at all to MDQ so the majority of funds raised by the paying pillions goes directly to the charity,” Annabelle said.

“Our members donate their time, their food and their generosity to come and host.”

Riders, including pillions (passengers) who paid to ride, took off from the sponsoring dealership, Morgan and Wacker Harley-Davidson in Newstead on the Sunday morning.

From there, they travelled to Marburg for morning tea, up through Somerset past the dams, through Kilcoy to the D’Aguilar Hotel for lunch and then back to Brisbane.

The 122 Riders and pillions were joined by the Ladies of Harley who travelled in a Brisbane 360 bus ahead of the HOGs to wave them in at location.

Each year the ladies dress up, with this year’s theme being superheroes.

Marburg State School P and C secretary Amy Cross said it was good to see the HOGs return to Marburg.

“The atmosphere was fantastic and the P and C enjoyed hosting the group in their quest to raise money for a fantastic cause,” Amy said.

“One of the reasons they choose our school is the location, it’s a scenic drive for them.

“They always ask how many kids we’ve got at the school and it’s always a novelty when they find out it’s such a small school.”

This year, the HOGs decided to support the P and C with its own fundraising to purchase two smart boards for the school.

“Our fundraising goal for this year is to upgrade our technology to enhance the teaching and learning in the classrooms,” Amy said.

“We’ve already halfway reached our goal because we received a really generous donation from Marburg Land Estate.”

Annabelle said the HOGs were always happy to help small, regional schools where fundraising can be challenging because of a smaller parent base.

“We pay $10 a head to come in and they provide a smorgasbord of mixed morning tea,” she said.

“They normally run a raffle in addition to that and we reach into our pocket again and pay for raffle tickets.

“It’s all lots of fun.”