Bikers to raise money for Autism

Mods and Rockers from all over Cardiff will don their helmets for a charity run

Bikers Charity Run

Mods in formation before a previous charity run (photo credit: Ian Marquis, MAG)

The Cardiff Motorcycle Action Group are set to mount their bikes on 19 November to raise money for charity.

The “Mods and Rockers charity run” will see the riders travel a 113 mile loop from Cardiff to Talgarth and back in aid of Autism Puzzles and the Motorcycle Action Group.

The Motorcycle Action Group is a UK wide, volunteer-led riders’ rights organisation which aims to protect and promote motorcycling.

Autism Puzzles aims to offer support and resources to families with autistic children.

Local mother Karen Sullivan set up the charity in 2011 after lacking a support system when both of her children were diagnosed with autism. She told Wales Online: “You can speak to anyone about what you are going through, but the only people who understand how you feel 100% are other parents with a child on the spectrum.”

Rob Matthews, co-organiser of the charity run, said the event combines the group’s love of motorcycling and activism. “We have been doing runs like this for thirty odd years. A true biker just loves to ride, and if you can raise money while doing that then even better,” he said.

Scooters traditionally used by mods

Scooters traditionally used by mods (photo credit: Ian Marquis, MAG)

He added that although there are many different motorcycling clubs throughout Cardiff, the charity run brings everyone together for a common cause.

“Due to the amount of help one club gives us we let them choose the charity for the year,” Rob explains. “They also do their own fund raising and then all the money is put together and presented to the charity concerned.”

Last year Cardiff MAG presented the Blood Bikers, volunteer motorcyclists for the NHS, with £670.

The run is open to anyone who can ride at least 50 mph and will leave from outside the Earl Haig memorial club at 10:30 am.