“Yes, really Paul Rosman, you've won the Harley-Davidson.”
It took a couple of phone calls on Saturday night for Wayne Leonard to convince the Victorian man he had won the 2016 Black Iron worth almost $14,000.
The news was greeted by a room full of motorcycle enthusiasts staying at the Mission Beach Resort for the charity fundraiser Wayne Leonard's Motorcycle Muster.
Mr Rosman bought five raffle tickets when the art union was hosted at Stockland Shopping Centre.
Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation CEO Tony Franz, who also takes part in the event, said 2016's event was the 15th time the fundraising ride had been held, and resulted in more than $50,000 being raised.
Raffle tickets in the motorcycle formed the basis of the fundraising effort, with funds this year going to Cairns Hospital's Emergency Department.
“Funds this year are going towards a non-invasive ventilator and a video laryngoscope which we know will be very well used,” Mr Franz said.
The group of 36 registered motorcyclists and five cars enjoyed a relaxed journey in convey from Cairns Hospital up the Gillies Range, along the back roads around Lake Eacham, morning tea provided by Lions at Millaa Millaa and lunch at Kurrimine Beach.
After a stunning scenic tour of the coastline at Mission Beach, they relaxed at the Mission Beach Resort where entertainment, award presentations and karoake concluded official proceedings.
“Let's have the best facilities and we don't want to need to use them,” Mr Leonard told the assembled crowd on Saturday night.
“It's you people who do the work, it's you who make this event successful,” Rhonda Leonard added.
For more information, visit Motorcycle Muster.
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