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Mourne Bikers Donate £8000 to Two Local Causes
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Mourne Motorcycle Club members have made a huge impact on local charities following their continued their charitable endeavours through 2017.
Their eleventh annual charitable motocross event was held on June 21 at Millbridge outside Ballynahinch with all proceeds raised being shared between the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland Service and injured motocross rider Wayne Garrett.
This year the Mourne club is delighted to announce that with £8,000 raised through the event, Wayne and the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland Service will each receive £4,000.

Wayne Garrett (former racer), John Murphy (Ballynahinch Lions Club Secretary), Billy McLarnin (MMC Chairman), Breige Mulholland (Air Ambulance Northern Ireland Office Manager) with Mike Patten (flight crew) at the cheque presentation.

Mourne Motorcycle Club Chairman, Billy McLarnin, said: “The members of the Mourne Motorcycle Club, along with everyone supporting our events, are proud that the eleven charity events held between 2007 and 2016 have led to the Mourne Club presenting almost £80,000 to 22 different charitable causes.
“With so many worthwhile charitable causes, the members of the Mourne Motorcycle Club have always tried to support charitable causes close to home.
 “In looking at this this year’s chosen causes, it must be said that every year we always arrive at the right charitable causes to benefit from the event.
“We don’t want the money that we raise to go into a big pot, but to be used locally.
“The Air Ambulance is for everyone and while we hope that we don’t need it, we know that it will be there if required.  I have known Wayne since he was a boy and he started racing and we are happy to do anything that we can to help him,” he said.
The event involved racing from motorbikes, classic bikes, quads and sidecars. On the day the Mourne club was helped by The Ballynahinch Lions, Herrons Country Fried Chicken and Cafe Rossi, along with Uncle Hugo who brought his road show to Ballynahinch to drum up support for the event.
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Quads and sidecars to tackle Seaforde
The Mourne Motorcycle Club will host their latest off-road racing event at Seaforde Moto Parc on Saturday, August 19.
This will include the fifth round of the 2017 Ulster Quad/Sidecar Championship and Youth Quad Championship.
Bikes will be out on the track from 9.30am, with the first race to start at 11am. Entry to the event will cost £5 for adults, while children go free and car parking is also free.