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Bikers remember fallen buddies at memorial run

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More than 250 local bikers and visitors from as far as Gauteng, Bela-Bela and Hoedspruit participated in the annual Limpopo Bikers Memorial Run that was hosted at Soetdorings Country Lodge on Sunday.
The proceedings started with a sermon and singing by Chardominique Jacobs and was followed by laying of wreaths at a memorial wall to pay respect to five bikers of Limpopo that have died in motorbike accidents over the past year.
At noon, the guests sat down to a meal of braaivleis, pap and gravy and salads, accompanied by song and music by former resident of the city, Dewald Gouws.
Organiser André Pink said that he was overwhelmed by the interest in the event. “It was also our year-end function and we even had a group of visitors staying over from Saturday evening. Our message to our fallen buddies was ‘All gave some – Some gave all. You are not forgotten’,” Pink said and added that relatives of the deceased bikers also attended the event.

Story and photos: BARRY VILJOEN
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Organisers of the Limpopo Bikers Memorial Run, Tania and André Pink at the memorial wall.

Members of the Knight Watchmen Group, Deon Stemmett, Yohandi Oosthuizen, Derek Benadé and Ian Fox, front, with Johan Stein and Jacqui Viljoen at the back, enjoy the braai after the sermon.

Former resident of the city, Dewald Gouws entertains the crowd at the bikers run.

Hein and Christa Venter attended the memorial run at Soetdorings Country Lodge.