Nuns & bikers raise money for Christus St. Patrick Hospital

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - An unlikely team of nuns and bikers rolled through the streets of Southwest Louisiana Saturday to raise money for healthcare. Christus St. Patrick Hospital's second annual "Run With The Nuns" motorcycle ride raised money for continued wellness and diagnostic services at the hospital.

The event on St. Patrick's Day marked the hospital's 104th birthday. Nuns with Christus St. Patrick Hospital actually organized the event and said it's a lot of fun because it not only supports healthcare but the community.

"Absolutely wonderful! I mean it's not only wonderful for the hospital but it's wonderful for all of us because it's helping the people of the city. And that's what we are here for," said Sister Ann Margaret Savant, Christus St. Patrick Hospital.

"It's such a great cause and we are just so thrilled we have so many people here today," said Nancy Burleigh, Christus St. Patrick Foundation.

"We like doing what we can to help. It's the comradery of the motorcycling community. Being with other motorcyclists and also giving us the opportunity to promote safe operation of motorcycling," said Gary Lemons, President of Blue Knights Motorcycle Club.

"Bikers have such big hearts and they raise millions of dollars collectively across the country for charities. We are fortunate enough that we have found some people in the community that have been advocates for our fundraiser. They've really gotten their bike groups to come out and support us. So it's a nice marriage," said Anna Catherine Viator, Christus St. Patrick Hospital.

More than 250 bikers took part in the event. After the bike run they returned to L'auberge for a rice and gravy cookoff.

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