Monthly Archives: March 2016

Darren’s Ride – Bringing Darren home

The inaugural “Darren’s Ride”, commemorating the life of Darren Whitby, came home from Perth to Busselton Sunday 27/03/2016.

The weather gods smiled on the day, and Margaret Hitching, aka “Princess” and her fellow Geographe Cycle Club member Bob Hingston kicked off from the South Perth foreshore at 03:55am, joined by Laurie Collett and Tricia Miller at Pinjarra Road. With support drivers Bob Hitching, Robin Ullyott and Denise Davies , the team made good time down to Busselton, picking up Darren’s wife Kirsten (riding especially for him) at Bovell Oval at 5:35 PM.

Under motorcycle escort from Chris Ebsary, the group arrived to an emotional welcome from a crowd of family, friends and supporters gathered at the Busselton RSL. Local MLA Libby Mettam and Mayor Grant Henley, and Darren’s best mate Darcy dog joined the crowd to celebrate bringing Darren home.

With monies donated so far and pledges to come, over $10,000 has been raised (so far!) to finance research and help people living with MND.

“Darren’s Ride” continues; please go to to see pictures from Sunday and for details of the many other fundraising initiatives to come…

Marg Coming Home to BusseltonKirsten and Darcey

Marg and Kirsten Emotional Home Coming

Marg and The MayorKirsten and Libby

Blue Illusions – Retail Therapy

Blue IllusionsOn Saturday 2nd April
from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm
the Blue Illusion Boutique at the Garden City Shopping Centre in Booragoon will be previewing their new collection, with 15% of sales to be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA, in support of “Darren’s Ride”.

Blue Illusion stores at Karrinyup, Claremont, Floreat, Joondalup and Midland Gate will also be participating in the fund raising event.  Please RSVP to your nearest store if you would like to attend…     94453204   92843411  92501516  93874615   93011124


Darren in Paris



Welcome Home Darren’s Ride

Well done to Margaret and her support crew.
They made it home to a warm welcome from the cheer squad.

Time for some food and bubbles.

Marg Finished ths 1st Darren's Ride

Thanks so much everyone.
Remember to get on board Darren’s Ride
and Donate

Bringing Darren Home

Margaret’s ride for Darren’s Ride – Final update
1735 – at Bovell Oval and joined by a very special rider for the last 2km – Kirsten Whitby.

For Darren xBusselton with Kirsten

Darren’s Ride has turned off Bussell Highway

Margaret’s ride for Darren’s Ride – Progress report
1550 – Darren’s Ride has turned off Bussell Highway onto Roberts Road. One more stop and 31km before completion …Off Bussel Hwy heading for Busselton

Busselton RSL to welcome Margaret

Come on down to the Busselton RSL to welcome Margaret as she finishes her ride from Perth for Darren’s Ride. Raffles, silent actions, plant sales, sausage sizzle, bar open and live music. 4 pm to 7 pm.


Darren’s Ride heading to Bunbury

Margaret’s ride for Darren’s Ride – Progress report
1400 Darren’s Ride has reached Australind. On the way down we drove alongside the beautiful Leschenault Inlet. On our way now to the next stop (Bunbury Racecourse). Laurie has rejoined us after a short detour …..

then onto Bunbury

1445 -arrived Bunbury Racecourse.

Two of Laurie’s grandchildren and a great grandson came along to cheer Darren’s Ride on. 1455 departed to head down Bussell Hwy towards the next stop – Roberts Road. 50km to go!Refueling at Bunbury Racecourse