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He’s raising the ante with a poker run

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March 18, 2017

GOOD HAND: Get on your bike with Allan Turner for a very worthy cause.

Poker lovers will get the chance to see some of the great sights of the Goulburn Valley as they try to gain the best hand in an epic poker run for a good cause tomorrow.

Allan Turner will host the first Zaidee’s Poker Run with riders trying their luck at the same time as raising much-needed funds for Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation.

Anyone with a motorbike can come along to Shepparton Airport to pick up their first card, before picking up more cards at Violet Town, Dookie, Goorambat and back at Shepparton.

Whoever has the best hand at the end of the run will win a hydraulic motorcycle lift, and more prizes will be handed out on the day.

Mr Turner said it was a new event for the foundation, and one he hoped riders would embrace.

‘‘I’ll take up any excuse for a ride,’’ he said.

Funds will go towards the foundation, which Mr Turner formed in memory of his daughter Zaidee who died in 2004 from an aneurysm when she was seven years old.

At the time of her death Zaidee was a registered organ donor, and after her death her organs were donated in accordance with her wishes.

This generous gift by Zaidee was a very rare one; in 2004 she was the only child under 16 years old in Victoria to be a registered donor.

Mr Turner said the foundation was working hard to change attitudes to organ donation, and encourage more adults and children to register as organ donors.

‘‘We didn’t want her life to go to waste,’’ he said.

Although it was a sensitive subject, he said it was important to raise the issue of organ donation among children to save more young lives.

‘‘Put simply, my heart and lungs are not going to fit in a two-year-old,’’ he said.

‘‘It is rare that adult organs can go in to children.’’

Anyone with a motorbike is encouraged to take part in the poker run and each participant will take home a Zaidee Motorbike Pin and Patch.

Cost is $25 per person, and it starts at Shepparton Airport on Sunday, March 19 at 8.30am.

For more details or to book, phone Mr Turner on 0412985211.

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