Participants stream out of the Warwick Showgrounds for the start of the annual Roll the Dice Run on Saturday morning.
Participants stream out of the Warwick Showgrounds for the start of the annual Roll the Dice Run on Saturday morning.

Bikers off with a roll of dice

NO-ONE could argue that Barry Bunch did not deserve to win the $28,320 Harley Davidson Softail at the annual Roll the Dice Run on Saturday.

The hard-working Warwickite was given a ticket by his workmates at Transport Field Service as a 50th birthday present.

If he was at the Warwick Showgrounds on Saturday night when the ticket was drawn, he would have won an extra $5000 cash.

He wasn’t and he didn’t, although he meant to be.

Instead, Mr Bunch was on the side of the road working on a truck when it was announced, so he missed out.

Nonetheless, as soon as he got the call Mr Bunch raced home and had a shower to wash off the grease before rushing down to the Warwick Showgrounds.

Missing out on the extra $5000 was not enough to wipe the grin off his face upon receiving the keys from Trevor Allan from Boyd Young Motorcycles, who supplied the motorcycle.

Rotary Club of Warwick president Bryan Stephens said while the money raised from the event had not yet been calculated, 320 people registered for the Roll the Dice Run on Saturday. The money raised – which is expected to top $30,000 – will go towards a variety of initiatives, including the purchase of a Liberty Swing and a number of items at The Oaks Nursing Home.

“(The Oaks) have given us a wish list and depending on how much we raise we’re just going to go down there and see how much we can purchase for them,” Mr Stephens told the crowd on Saturday night at the showgrounds.

One young person who was especially happy on Saturday night was Jacob Boyd from Stanthorpe, who won the $1200 pit bike supplied by Dirt Squirts in Warwick.

Nine-year-old Jacob said his dad bought him the ticket in the raffle and said the Orion 37 was now the second dirt bike he owned. However, while he now owns two, he said there was no chance he was going to give one to younger sister Chloe.



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