Millennium Motorcycle Megaride
Meriden Millennium Motorcycle Megaride
The Motorocycle Megaride was developed from an original idea proposed to Meriden Rotary Club by John Hughes of the Rotary Club of Royal Leamington Spa and Neville Riley of the Rotary Club of Meriden with a strap line of: It's Easy - It's Simple - It'll Raise a Million.
The idea of a motorcycle ride to educate the general public that motorcyclists were not all Hell's Angels but many were older respectful citizens, as in fact many Hell's Angels are too. Our aim of combining Motorcycles and Rotary would help us to achive a change in attitude towards motorcyclists.
The first Millennium Meriden Motorcycle Megaride too place on 25th June 2000. Our guest of honour was Chris Eubank who flew in to Birmingham, having been at the Mike Tyson fight in Glasgow the previous evening and our special guest Len Vale Onslow. Chris opened the Megaride for us and we raised over £5,000 for the Association of Childrens Hospices
Macmillan Nurses 2002
The Rotary Club agreed to make this a bi-annual event and our second being the Mariden MacMillan Motorcycle Megaride was in 2002 being where we supported MacMillan Nurses.
Association of Childrens Hospices 2004
In 2004 we decided to again support the Association of Childrens Hospices. Raising over £5,000 for the Charity and increasing the number of motorcycles attending the event to over 500
Riders for Health 2006
Riders For Health is a Charity that was established by Rotarians and adopted as the official Charity for the MotoGP. To promote the Megaride and Rotary, John and Neville arranged to take a stand at the MotoGP Day of Champions at Donnington Park. John Neville and Rotarian John Dodd took their three Ducati motorcycle to the event, Nev's Ducati 851, John's Ducati ST2 and Doddy's Ducati 916 joined by Robin from Ipswich Wolsey Rotary Club on his Triumph Rocket. We were there to promote the International fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians besides the Megaride. The Riders For Health Charity were presented with cheques amunting to over £10,000 from Rotary Clubs, supported by another £4,000 from the Megaride.
County Air Ambulance 2008
The Air Ambulance Services across the country and often a lifesaver to many motorcyclists and the Rotary Club of Meriden Megaride Committee decided we should support our local County Air Ambulance Service. This proved a very popular choice and although the event was not supported as well as previous events, we still raised over £3,000 with a cheque being presented to the Service at a Rotary dinner at the Manor Hotel in Meriden. However the badges did prove very popular in the colours of the charity
Various Charities 2010
In 2010 it was decided that the Megaride should become an annual and the club decided to promote Rotary more. The money raised would be shared between various charities and the badge should represent Rotary to show everyone that this event was organised in the name of Rotary International.
Clic Sargent 2011
Marie Curie Cancer Care 2013
Air Ambulance and MacMillan 2014
Celebrating 110 years of Rotary 2015