Bikers Australia Blanket Run on August 3

Local MPs Julie Owens and Geoff Lee jumped onto the back of Harleys on Friday ahead of their motorbike rides for the annual Bikers Australia Blanket Run.

PJ Carter, Geoff Lee, Greg Hirst, Julie Owens, Jerry Selvon and Grant Howard are ready for the 2014 Bikers Australia Blanket Run on August 3. Picture: Natalie Roberts.

PJ Carter, Geoff Lee, Greg Hirst, Julie Owens, Jerry Selvon and Grant Howard are ready for the 2014 Bikers Australia Blanket Run on August 3. Picture: Natalie Roberts.

The blanket run will see members of the motorcycling community descend on Parramatta en masse to deliver donations of blankets for homeless people in western Sydney on August 3 from 12-2pm.

Blankets can be left on a table near the stage at the river end of the Church Street road closure and will be collected by Parramatta Mission.

Representatives of Bikers Australia and Brotherhood CMC will bring spare fleeces, doonas and rugs to help keep those less fortunate warm during the winter months.

The blanket run has been organised by Bikers Australia for over 20 years and has been part of the launch of Homeless Persons Week for at least 15 years.

Brotherhood CMC member Greg Hirst, of the Parramatta Street Youth Project, said the idea of two politicians riding motorbikes in the name of charity added a new dimension to the idea of the ‘‘seat of power’’.

‘‘In 2014, a number of community groups are supporting the launch including Brotherhood CMC, St John's Anglican Cathedral, Parramatta Baptist Church, Headspace, Rosehill McDonalds, Hope 103.2 FM and Parramatta East Public School, whose students collected blankets and tin food to donate for homeless people in the Parramatta region,’’ Mr Hirst said.

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