Leanne Cooper and Bev Stubberfield – Thunderbolts Festival committee

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Leanne Cooper and Bev Stubberfield from the Thunderbolts Festival committee tell us about this year’s event, held in conjunction with Harleys for Humanity and celebrating ten years years in Uralla.


The group was formerly called Harleys for Helicopters and raised over $700,000 in much needed funds for The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service in NSW from 2001 to 2010.

H4H evolved in September of 2001. It is the brainchild of David Golledge, who had a vision to get a few mates together on their Harleys and go for a ride to raise some money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. This initial concept developed beyond expectations in a very short period of time and is now one of the most productive, both financially and promotionally, of all of the support groups for the service in the Newcastle and New England regions.
H4H became incorporated in December 2010 and is now known as Harleys for Humanity; it is now raising much needed funds not only for the WRHS, but other recognised charities:
• Beyond Blue • Muscular Dystrophy • Cerebral Palsy • A Community Recipient in Uralla
• McMaugh Gardens • Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

• Raise money for much needed charity organisations.
• Have a good time with like-minded people and support the community.
• Change the public’s perception that people dressed in black and riding a Harley should be avoided.
• Create one of the best weekend rides for all participants to enjoy and recommend to others.
The Turkey is open to all riders and all makes of motorcycles. We do not accept entry to the event by outlaw motorcycle members. Entry to the event is at the discretion of the President and the committee of Harleys for Humanity.

The Turkey Run has the following events as part of the weekend in Uralla;
Harley Davidson Custom Street Challenge First time ever in Australia – $1000’s of prize money and a photo shoot in Heavy Duty magazine to be won
Show & Shine with 28 trophies – all bikes.
Poker Run on Friday from Newcastle to Uralla – prize money $1,000. Best prize money outside Sydney.
Poker Run on Saturday starting in Uralla – prize money $1,500. Best prize money outside Sydney.
Burn Out Comp – $1,000. Best prize money anywhere.
Tyre Toss for men and women – $100 to each winner.
Thunder Run from 10 km out of Uralla to ride into town in formation.
Photo shoot by Heavy Duty and Live to Ride on arrival in Uralla.
Helmets given away on Friday night – Courtesy of MCAS.
Bands on Friday night at The Bowling Club and Thunderbolt Inn – smorgasbord dinner on Saturday night – raffle to raise money.
Merchandise Stalls  – T-Shirt to commemorate the event. $10 breakfast on Saturday courtesy of Uralla Bowling Club – including stories and poems by Bush Poets.
Billycart Derby – as part of Thunderbolts Festival – Harley boys take on the kids.
Courtesy bus available for local transport to accommodation each hour until midnight.
Accommodation is available for those that want to utilise a B&B, motel and pubs. For those wishing to camp, there are camp grounds and professionally supplied tent accommodation available, as well as 2 halls with showers and toilets. (Contact Greg Dale – 0411 501 395.)
We have enjoyed great support from the local residents of Uralla, who have opened their doors to provide much sought after B&B style accommodation. This will enable The Turkey Run to provide extra accommodation, as the ride continues to grow.

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