THE 2012 Wheelie Good Bike Show is gathering speed for its second year following its success last August.
Again hosted by the Rotary Club of Newton Stewart, the show - on SUnday, 5 August - is expected to be bigger and better than last year - which saw 130 bikers from all over the country take part in the ride-in from New Galloway led by Motor GP winner, Ian Simpson of Dalbeattie.
Local businesses from Newton Stewart and surrounding areas did a roaring trade, both on the main street and in the market stall area by the River Cree. The day raised £1600 which was shared between Rotary charities and Riders for Health, who bring medical care to some of the poorest people in Africa by making sure they have reliable transport, often using bikes which are cheap to run and easy to maintain.
Again this year, Rotary charities will benefit, including the international Rotary fight against Polio.
Rotary also supports much smaller organisations such as Hazel Mynard, who runs Hazel’s Memorable Holidays. Her main aim is to give people who have or are recovering from cancer and their families a week long holiday in South West Scotland, at Glen Trool Holiday Park. People come from the North East and Cumbria and only need to get themselves there. The caravan is paid for, together with a welcome pack made up of local produce and donations from local businesses so visitors gain a flavour of our beautiful area, ideas of places to visit and activities. HMH is a voluntary organisation, run by Hazel and only a couple of other people
As last year, everybody who takes a stall will be charged a small fee, which will go to cover costs and raise funds for charity. Entertainers of whatever sort, will not be paid an appearance fee, but will be able to charge individual visitors for their services or the sale of their merchandise.
If you would like to take a stall in the market area, bring your band to play in our music area or something else not tried before, please contact Sara Matchett on 01988 700982 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.