The Black Rat Fund is holding a Black Rat Charity Rideout which will take place on Sunday, 19 September 2010 in Catterick Garrison.
The biking community in the UK has consistently shown incredible support for the Armed Forces. Events such as the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride, the Mothers Day Ride through Wootton Bassett, and the mass gathering at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas (RTTW), Staffordshire all clearly illustrate the biking communitys desire to show their solidarity with, and respect for serving, veteran, wounded and fallen members of the Armed Forces.
We at the Black Rat Fund would like to ask you to join our Black Rat Rideout to help support the serving soldiers of the Black Rats, as well as their immediate families.
Currently there are 16 different Regiments and Units that form the 4th Mechanized Brigade aka the "Black Rats" during the period of their deployment - this means that the Fund is trying to provide support to over 9,300 serving soldiers and their families. Elements of the Black Rats began deploying to Afghanistan in January 2010, with the rest of the Brigade following in March and April. The Brigade will still have soldiers from a number of Regiments out on tour until December 2010.
The Black Rat Fund assists through direct welfare and compassionate grants to individuals or families in need or distress, as well as supporting community projects, events and activities which aim to improve and enhance the lives of soldiers and families who are part of the Brigade.
With the Black Rats recent deployment to Afghanistan we want to make sure that the Fund is able to provide whatever assistance is needed to any injured soldiers, both now and in the future.
To make sure that we have funds in place to provide as much support as possible the Black Rat Fund is inviting members of the biking community from all over the United Kingdom to come and take part in the Black Rat Rideout. Bikes will meet at Marne Barracks, which is part of Catterick Garrison, and will then set off in groups to do a circuit of the Garrison and some parts of the surrounding area. The ride circuit will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.
The ticket price for each person taking part (whether a rider or passenger) will be £2.00. However, because were sure that our Rideout will be a very memorable occasion and a great day out for everyone who attends, we are suggesting you make an additional voluntary donation of £3.00 each for all registered riders and their passengers, making your total outlay £5.00 per person. All registered riders and their passengers will receive a Black Rat wristband which they can wear on the ride to show their support for the Black Rats.
I shall be in attendance (only because I have to walk to the end of my road) and will be the one with the smelliest pirate dog in NATO with me. BP20, give me a toot toot peep peep as you go past! PM inbound!