Koorawatha Bikers Bash raises more than $7000 for Leukemia Foundation

Louise Hoffman from the Leukemia Foundation and Koorawatha Bikers Bash organiser James Lambshead with the $7729 cheque.
Louise Hoffman from the Leukemia Foundation and Koorawatha Bikers Bash organiser James Lambshead with the $7729 cheque.

Koorawatha Bikers Bash participants spent a long day on the road but along the way collected more than $7000 for the Leukemia Foundation.

"Every bit counts, and doing something that is a little bit different is just fantastic, it puts our name out there and makes people more aware," Blood Cancer support co-ordinator with the Leukemia Foundaiton for West and Far West NSW Louise Hoffman said.

Ms Hoffman was in Koorawatha on Wednesday to accept a cheque for $7729 from event organiser James Lambshead.

"It was an awesome day, we had a couple of hundred bikes turn up," Mr Lambshead said.

"Everyone had a good time, the event should grow and grow and get bigger each year."

Riders left Koorawatha at 10am returning at 5pm, a long day on the road which Mr Lambshead said would be shortened next year to allow the riders to celebrate the ride back in Koorawatha.

"Not everyone came back to Koorawatha so we're going to shorten the day next year," he said.

Riders hit the road from as far as Sydney, Dubbo and all points in between for this year's Bash.

"Next year we hope to see riders come from as far as Queensland," he said.

On the day the riders left Koorawatha at 10am making their way to Wallendbeen and then Coolac before visiting Harden and Wombat where a lot of riders left the ride.

"Once it got rolling and when I heard how it went on the day it was just amazing," Ms Hoffman said of the ride.

"What James has done for people with blood cancer is just extraordinary.

"And what he proposes to do in future years is just great," she added.

Ms Hoffman said the money raised will go towards research.

"The other thing we spend our money on is accommodation for people with blood cancer to travel to metropolitan areas for treatment.

"We also help with financial assistance where we can for people who are struggling when they have a blood cancer diagnosis.

"This money raised will probably go straight towards research."

Mr Lambshead was diagnosed with leukemia in 2018 and said the ride was a chance to help an organisation that had supported him.

"Last year I got really crook and thought I had a stomach bug, ended up having a blood test and finding out I had leukemia," he said.

"The Leukemia Foundation is a great thing, I didn't know they existed until I was diagnosed.

"Talking to them was the last thing I thought about when I got my diagnosis but they said straight away 'we're here to help you,' which was fantastic," he said.