Melha Bikers ride to raise money for hospital

The fundraising ride is always eagerly awaited by the young patients

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The roaring engines from hundreds of bikers resonated through the Springfield area Sunday.

Since this bike ride raises money for the Springfield Shriners Hospital, the bikers, hundreds of them, paid their respects by riding through the hospital rotunda Sunday afternoon.

It was a proud moment for Shriner Ken Voisine. He told 22News his daughter was once a patient at the hospital he now helps as a Melha Shriner.

Voisine said, “I became associated with the hospital when my first daughter was born. She was born with club feet. We came to the hospital. They’ve done a great job, I thought, so I decided I would give back so I became a Shriner.”

Throughout their ride from Westfield the hundreds of bikers attracted so much attention, 22News viewers took pictures and sent them to the WWLP.com Report It feature.

The bikers moved on to their fundraising gathering at the Melha Shriners Home in Springfield. They’re proud of what they’re doing for the hospital for children.

Their high profile ride resulted in $20,000 in donations for the Springfield Shriners Hospital.

Shriner Ray Turrini told 22News, “This puts us over $250,000 mark that they’ve donated for the Shriners Hospital in Springfield for the past eight years, plus the van they donated to the hospital.”

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