GREAT CAUSE: Andrew Klaasen at the Wooly Rally helmet toss. He was one of the hundreds of bikers who descended on Wooroolin at the weekend to raise money for cancer research.
GREAT CAUSE: Andrew Klaasen at the Wooly Rally helmet toss. He was one of the hundreds of bikers who descended on Wooroolin at the weekend to raise money for cancer research. Adam Hourigan

Wooroolin swamped by big-hearted bikers for rally

THERE was black leather, polished chrome and chest-length beards as far as the eye could see when the inaugural Wooly Rally kicked into gear at the weekend.

Hundreds of bikers from across Southeast Queensland descended on Wooroolin to raise money for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

It was organised by Lynnsay Fryer and Kerrie Bantoff from Kerrie B's Bikery.

"All the bikers had a good time,” Mr Fryer said.

The event was free to attend but the attendees had to pay to participate in the activities.

They included a helmet toss, a throwing competition and tattoo judging.

The Great Wooroolin Swamp Crocodile Hunt had competitors trawling through the scrub to find hidden replica reptiles while the other bikers participated in a series of parades.

Mr Fryer said it was too soon to know how much money was raised.

"We haven't opened the sealed tin yet, that will be done under the careful watch of bankers,” he said.

"There were people were putting in 50-cent coins and $50 notes. I counted 52 bikes up to 7pm on Friday, by Saturday that would have doubled easily.

"Not all the bikers stayed the whole time, some came for lunch and beer before riding on.

"Because it's free we didn't have a head count.”

Mr Fryer reckons bike rallies are a great way to raise money for charity because they appeal to bikers on a number of levels.

"You're riding a motorbike, it's for a worthy cause and there's a community circle aspect, we've all met each other over the years,” he said.

"We're a bit different fromthe rest of the world and we like to look after each other.”

While the weekend was a success, it's unlikely Kerrie B's Bikery will host it again. Instead Mr Fryer would like to see someone else have a go.

"The bikers had a good time but I've just finished my second day of cleaning up,” he said.

"I'd like to see the other motorcycle groups in the South Burnett take their turn to share the love.”