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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 7 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1975..


would like to thank both the Civil Contractors Federation and the Master Builders Association for inviting me to be part of their awards night.

I would also like to make mention of a function I attended on Saturday, 11 May where I was pleased to take part in an event with the Motorcycle Riders Association of the ACT when they held their annual blanket run, which collects donations of non-perishable food, blankets and cash for the Salvation Army.

This year's ride consisted of riders from the Motorcycle Riders Association, the Harley Owners Group—or HOGS, as they often like to be referred to as—the Canberra Riders Association and the Blue Knights law enforcement club, to name but a few.

I would like to place on the record my thanks to the executive of MRA ACT: president Kathleen Parson, senior vice president Jen Woods, vice president David Ault, and secretary and public officer Nicky Hussey.

A special thankyou to Steve for being brave and taking me on a motorcycle for the first time. It gave me a brief idea of how road and traffic issues vary depending on the mode of transport you choose to use. Surprisingly, a motorbike offers a significantly different view of the road compared to being on a pushbike, let alone from the perceived safety of a car.

It is always encouraging to see a large group of Canberrans with a common interest banding together to help those less fortunate in our community. This was no better illustrated than by the large pile of blankets and the generous cash donations made on Saturday.

I commend the MRA ACT for their continued support of the Salvation Army and other charitable organisations, and I look forward to participating in the toy run towards the end of the year, where again they band together to help those less fortunate in our community. For more information on the MRA ACT and their events, I encourage members to visit their website at www.mraact.org.au.

Ronald McDonald House Canberra

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.51): Last Monday I was pleased to attend a ceremony at Ronald McDonald House Canberra where a cheque for $5,000 was presented to the house by Tour de Cure and the Canberra Raiders. The cheque was presented by Tour de Cure co-founder Geoff Coombes, along with Raiders stars Terry Campese, Sandor Earl and Edrick Lee, and CEO Don Furner, amongst others. Both the Tour de Cure and the Canberra Raiders are sponsored by Huawei.

Ronald McDonald House Charities is an Australia-wide organisation that helps seriously ill children and their families. Over 100,000 families have been helped by the organisation since 1981. The Canberra house is located inside the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children and was opened in October last year. The Canberra house was the 14th Ronald McDonald house in Australia and the first one to be opened inside a hospital. It has 11 rooms and provides a comfortable place for


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