Bega District News: Wall to Wall motorbike winner a grinner

(25 Nov) A lucky Bega man has won a Yamaha MT09 motorcycle, after purchasing two $10 raffle tickets to support fundraising efforts for Police Legacy.

Scott Wyatt met NSW Police Chief Inspector Youth Command Paul Allman, and Bega Motorcycles owner Kevin Johnston on Wednesday to be presented with the motorbike valued at $14,249.

Inspector Allman is on the committee that organises the annual Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance, a police memorial motorcycle ride that honours the service of fallen Australian police, raises funds in support of fallen officers’ families and promotes road safety.

Inspector Allman said about 1400 people registered for the event scheduled for September in 2020, but the official ride was cancelled owing to COVID restrictions.

“A lot of people were bitterly disappointed they couldn’t participate in the ride this year,” he said.

“We still managed to raise over $100,000 which will be spread across our different legacy organisations nationwide.

“Small gestures, such as purchasing raffle tickets, allow us to raise funds and the money raised goes purely to Police Legacy for kids who have lost parents in the line of duty,” he said.

“We can all take a breath and think about those who made the ultimate sacrifice, for us it’s about paying our respects, slowing down and remembering our comrades.

“Within 24 hours, Police Legacy are on the ground for family members who have lost a loved one,” Inspector Allman said.

Mr Wyatt said he wanted to thank the police and Yamaha very much and that he was in disbelief when he received the call alerting him to his win.

“Anybody that knows me, knows if I’m speechless it’s a very special occasion!” he said.

“My current bike is due for rego next week, so this timing is perfect.”

Mr Johnston said Mr Wyatt was one of the first customers through Bega Motorcycles when it first opened 32 years ago.

“He’s a deserving customer and a deserving bloke, plus it’s all for a great cause,” Mr Johnston said.

Visit www.walltowallride.com for more information on the history and significance of the Wall to Wall ride.

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