Jack's Poker Run draws a crowd

Jack's Poker Run was a huge success on the weekend drawing the biggest participation numbers since the annual event started three years ago. 

The poker event involves bringing people together in old cars, motorbikes, and going for a relaxing drive bustling in the company of others.

All while raising money for a local person or family in Collie that are doing it tough.

The idea arose from locals Mark Davidson, Alan Read, and Jay Hewson when they decided to hold a tribute event in memory of their friend's son, Jack Barton, who died in a car accident along Mungalup Road in 2017. 

Jack's Poker Run committee organiser Mr Davidson said last year they had roughly 70 participate and this year was well over 100. 

"We've got old classic cars, muscle cars, motorbikes, and we've even got the old firetruck which is a bit of a novelty. It's predominately about old cars but anyone can come and join in with their regular cars. The day is all just a bit of fun," he said.

The game started in Collie where participants paid $30 to play.

Everyone received their first card at the Police Community and Youth Centre car park before travelling to several other stops including: The Wokalup Tavern, The Dardy, and The Mumby Pub - where players received a card at each location. 

Players finish the day in Collie at the Federal Hotel where they received their fifth and final card where the person with the best hand was declared the winner, which was Terry Archer.

Mr Davidson said all the money raised from the event would go to a family in need. 

"In 2017 the event was held for Jack Barton and all the proceeds went to his family, in 2018 it went to Jackson Pianta who was diagnosed with childhood cancer, and this year it will be going to Jake East's family," he said.

The 22-year-old died last year when he and his girlfriend were lying in a hammock before being crushed by a collapsed brick pillar.

Parents Bret East and Carolyn Perry said being chosen as the local family was an honour.

"It just reflects the sort of person Jake was. For so many people to come out today and for the community to do something for us, but predominantly him, I really thank everyone for that," Ms Perry said. 

"If he was here now you wouldn't have to wonder who he was, you'd know who he was."