Bikers help out Malvern St John

by Kent Caddick

Malvern St John has benefitted to the tune of almost $6,000 thanks to a group of motorcycle enthusiasts.

The Ulysses Club Canterbury Branch has a tradition of fundraising for St John’s for almost 30 years which has enabled the purchase of many valuable ambulance and training items. 

Club members recently visited St John in Darfield to hand over a cheque for $5,950 to the organisation, which was the proceeds from their annual Anzac Day fun ride to Akaroa.

Malvern St John Area Committee chair Ann Shepherd said on the Anzac Day ride the Ulysses Club riders were supported by two Malvern St John cadets and two Darfield ambulance officers.

“It was an amazing day for participants and supporters alike,” she said.

On their recent visit to Darfield 23 Ulysses Club members were shown around the ambulance station and the vehicles while some keen members offered their services as patients for local St John cadets to practise on for their upcoming competitions.

“Malvern St John is very grateful for this generous donation which will enable the purchase of equipment for both Darfield and Arthur’s Pass ambulances,” Ann Shepherd said. 

“As with most organisations in Malvern, we are richer for the generous support of the community.”

She said the Ulysses Club is made up of people who have an enduring passion for motorcycle travel and the only criteria to join is to be over 40 years of age, have a motorbike to ride and the ability to have great fun on their runs.