Harley Motorcyclists Are Riding Supplies to the Ukrainian Border
58 Tonnes of Vital Aid Logged, Next Run Scheduled for July 9
A view of various HOG riders contributing with runs to the Ukrainian border. Photo courtesy of MCN.
In a stunning story recorded by MCN, a group of UK-based Harley-Davidson riders (and a few other chapters) are bringing aid relief to the People of Ukraine.
How are they managing to bring supplies to Ukraine, you ask?
Why, by making the trip themselves and dropping the supplies off at the border, of course.
“The charitable convoys began with the Director of Wolverhampton’s Wolfruna HOG Chapter, 56-year-old Mark Cutler, who organized the first trip to the country on March 19,” states the report.
“The war had been going on a couple of weeks and we’d heard that the Donbas region – especially in Mariupol – were short of water,” Cutler told MCN.
“One of my Chapters got a contact and we’d secured a pallet within 10 minutes.”
It hasn’t stopped there. The report details that the first run ended up requiring three trucks on top of the HOG members on their own steeds.
“We drove up to the border and the sights that we saw devastated us all,” says Cutler.
“People walking across with literally nothing, just the clothes that they had on their backs.”
After the first trip, Mark got together with Directors of other Chapters, building support for their next run – and the support they received was staggering.
April 23’s trip to the Ukranian border showed off a total of “seven vanloads of aid, this time joined by members of the Nene Valley Chapter, Lancashire’s Red Rose Chapter, the Essex-based Lakeside Chapter, and Cardiff’s Welsh Dragon Chapter.”
By May 21, three vans from the Black Mountain Chapter of Swansea were listed in the convoy, along with members from Belfast accompanying a 40-foot artic supplied by WMB Logistics.
“The job’s not finished here. I can’t do this every month, but it will be carrying on,” says the Director of the Black Mountain Chapter, Ken Britton.
“The aim is to get as many lorries there as possible.”
Items the Chapters have been able to gather for these runs include cleaning supplies, over £2000 worth of t-shirts, canned food, medical supplies, sanitary products, and more.