HUNDREDS of bikers will take to Brisbane’s streets today – but it’s all in a good cause.
The annual Charity Motorcycle Run and Show raises awareness and money for the Queensland Cord Blood Bank at the Mater Hospital, South Brisbane.
From a starting point at the Mater Hospital, South Brisbane, at 9.30am, the bikers will snake their way through to Ormeau, stopping at the Norfolk Tavern for morning tea, and on to Logan village for a barbecue lunch before joining the fun at the Logan Village Lions Club Bike and Custom Car Show.
Cord blood is the remaining blood from a baby’s umbilical cord and placenta after birth.
It is loaded with “stem cells”, the origins of the body’s immune and blood system.
Mater Hospital cord blood donor recruitment and collections co-ordinator Jay Symons said since the opening of the cord blood bank at the hospital in 1996 and a second collection centre at Logan hospital, more than 4500 cords had been banked.
Ms Symons said cord blood had proven to be an effective alternative to bone marrow transplantation in treating children with leukaemia or other serious blood disorders.
Registration for the charity run begins at 6.30am and costs $10 per person.
For more information contact the Mater Foundation on (07) 3840 8000.
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