The second annual Brisbane Motorcycle Street Care blanket run on Saturday will help collect blankets to give out to the homeless and poor during winter.
The BMSC was formed in October 2014 as a non-profit organisation by a group of like-minded bikers to help feed the homeless in Brisbane, says spokesman Jason Hallett.
“We have about 15-20 volunteers who on every Tuesday and Sunday night feed between 150 and 200 homeless people a hearty meal, drinks, desert and a take-home pack,” he says.
“All meals are paid for by the volunteers and cooked at their home, brought in hot and served. We have a street doctor and a hairdresser who also attend. We do this all year round and are always looking for more volunteers.”
The group eats with the homeless on the corner Quarry St and St Pauls Terrace, Spring Hill.
On Saturday, riders are invited to bring a new or clean used blanket to Harry’s Diner in Windsor for breakfast at 8am before heading off on the three-hour Brisbane Blanket Run from about 9.30am.
Last year, only 25 attended, but Jason believes they will attract up to 200 riders.
“We believe the growth is due to the intensive social media advertising and word of mouth,” he says. “Most people are pleased to find somewhere they can help the homeless so are keen to attend.
“Last year a ute was filled with collected blanket. This year we will need a truck,” he says.