Fundraiser supports Harry

Family devastated after motorbike theft: Pictures

Fundraiser planned for motocross rider

THE Maryborough and District Motorcycle Club will host a fundraiser for Bendigo motocross  enthusiast Harry Smith this Saturday.

Harry Smith's motocross future was in doubt after thieves broke into his family's backyard last  month and stole his two motorcycles - a KTM 85 and CR 125.

The 15-year-old was heartbroken, faced with the knowledge his family could not afford to replace the bikes which are worth about $9000.

But Harry's mum Sally said the Maryborough and District Motorcycle Club had come to the rescue.

"The fundraiser for Harry will be at the Maryborough and District Motorcycle Club and for anyone who wants to ride it's $40," she said.

"It's just a fun day for people to go out and have a ride on a track and have a good day.

"We've been riding there forever.

"I think the club reopened in 2007 and we joined then ... they're running raffles and everything so it's really exciting."

Gates open between 8am and 9am with the event on until about 4pm.

"They don't do day licences anymore so usually you have to be a member of the club to ride there and they have club days every second month," Sally said.

"But they've decided for part of the fundraiser to just let people go over and have a ride.

"They're catering for all levels - kids just starting to whoever so we're really looking forward to it."

Sally said response from the community had been unbelievable with people offering to lend Harry their bikes and throwing fundraisers.

"People we don't even know have been offering their help," she said.

"It's all been on Facebook and shared everywhere and it's just grown and grown and grown.

Sally said police were still investigating the theft.

When the Bendigo Advertiser visited the Smith's home the day after the theft, Sally described the situation as "devastating".

"They obviously knew what they were doing," she said.

"They've obviously seen us coming in and out and know where the bikes are."

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