FAMILY AFFAIR: Hayley Marie and Harley Cash from Aces and Eights social motorbike club with Jonny, Maddi and Estelle Cash.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Hayley Marie and Harley Cash from Aces and Eights social motorbike club with Jonny, Maddi and Estelle Cash. Matt Collins

Motorcycle clubs tired of unfair stigma

MOTORCYCLE clubs throughout the South Burnett and beyond are working hard on breaking the stigma that some say has been unfairly cast on them.

In some corners of community there is a stigma that motorbike gangs are getting up to no good but according to Secretary for the South Burnett chapter of the Aces and Eights social motorcycle club, Hayley Marie, it just is not the case.

"Anyone that has ever met us has got nothing bad to say," she said.

The social motorbike club secretary was joined by over 500 riders from various clubs and areas throughout Queensland at the Bikers 4 Farmers drought meet in Kingaroy on Saturday September 15 which raised in excess of $5000 for our farmers.

The event organisers were tireless Wooroolin business owners and long term fundraisers for the community, Kerrie Bantoft and Lynnsay Fryer.

Miss Marie said this was nothing new for the motorcycle community.

"Our club gets together almost monthly to raise money for various groups," she said.

"We put on a breakfast just this morning which raised $250 for today's event which we gave to the Salvation Army people at the gate."

Miss Marie who runs the Kingaroy business, Aces Auto Shop with her partner Harley Cash said the motorbike community looked out for each other.

"We are a really close knit community," she said.

"The kids love it as much as the adults."

Maddog is the President from Loners Motorcycle Club in Gympie and he suggested people should not be so quick to judge.

"Being in a motorcycle club, we try to get out and support the community as much as we can," he said.

"Any events that are coming up we try to get our 80 members involved."

Maddog believed there was an unfair stigma attached to being in a motorcycle club.

"Here we are at this great event, raising lots of money for our farmers in need, but it is one of those things, what can you do?" he said.

"There is no egos, no one is being rude, we are all after the same thing and that is helping one another and being able to ride."

"What more can you ask for?"