Monthly Archives: April 2016

Garage Sale – Sunday


Robin McDonald and her golfing friends are organising a
Garage Sale for Darren’s Ride on Sunday 1st May at 2 Sicklemore Street, Booragoon, WA
commencing at 08:30AM.

There will be plenty of gifts and trinkets on offer, making it the perfect opportunity for you to find that special something for your mum, or yourself!

So be sure to drop in and spend up, as all proceeds will support MNDAWA and the Darren’s Ride campaign.GARAGE SALE FOR DARREN’S RIDE

Adam Gilchrist cricket memorabilia for auction. Howzat for Darren’s Ride!

St Marys Cricket Club Busselton are helping us to auction this fantastic piece of Adam Gilchrist cricket memorabilia, kindly donated by Deb Taylor and her family.

Please spread the word to any cricket fanatics you know, as we really need this to generate as much money as possible for Darren’s Ride.

Remember every dollar counts in the battle against MND, and all funds raised will support others with this horrible disease and help in the search for a cause and a cure!

Hopefully someone is keen to add to their collection and we can help out a local family supporting MND.

Auction finishes 6pm Friday 29th April 2016.
To bid go to St Marys Cricket Club Busselton or for non – Facebookers contact Darren’s Ride.

Adam Gilchrist cricket memorabilia for auction

Adam Gilchrist cricket memorabilia for auction

Merci Beaucoup Blue Illusion!

Merci Blue Illusions
Thank you so much to Michelle at Blue Illusion Booragoon (and to her lovely team Ang and Michelle), and to everyone at Blue Illusion Karrinyup, Claremont, Floreat, Joondalup and Midland Gate for joining us on Darren’s Ride, and achieving an amazing $12000 in sales at the event Saturday 02/04/2016. 15% is to be donated to MNDAWA under the Darren’s Ride campaign.
With delicious catering by Robin, sparkling champagne by Michelle, and attempted modelling by Kirsten and Sharon, it was a fantastic day, and a fantastic result!
We sincerely thank all those who shopped to support Darren’s Ride and we hope you enjoy your lovely new Blue Illusion goodies.
Watch this space for details of the next event, coming end of May!

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Blue Illusion Darren's Ride Fund raiser

Thank you for supporting Darren’s Ride, every dollar really counts.

Thanks for getting on board Darren's Ride
Thank you to all of the community of Darren for getting on board the ride, and helping us to raise an amazing amount, over $10,000 (so far). The “Princess” (aka Margaret) has been an absolute inspiration, and while she and her awe inspiring support team have completed their bike ride, Darren’s Ride goes on..

A recent report has revealed that the cost of motor neurone disease is up to 1000 times greater than other chronic conditions, with the per person cost in Australia in 2015 $1.1 million. The total cost of MND in Australia was $2.37 billion in 2015, comprising $430.9 million in economic costs and $1.94 billion in burden of disease costs.  Approximately 58% of people with MND are under the age of 65.  (Deloitte Access Economics Report on the Economic analysis of motor neurone disease (MND) in Australia). MND Australia has called on the Government to invest at least $20 million annually in large research projects until researchers understand the causes of MND and find an effective treatment.

Every dollar really is vital in the battle against this brutal disease that kills 2 Australians every day, and effects so many  more,  so please stay on board Darren’s Ride and and help us get to the next target, $15,000.

Thank you all so much for your continued support.


Bike ride raises $10,000 in MND sufferer’s memory

A bike ride from Perth to Busselton has helped raise more than $10,000 for motor neurone disease awareness.

Riders Marg Hitching, Chris Ebsary, Laurie Collett, Tricia Miller, Bob Hingston and Kirsten Whitby, who joined the group for the final leg, pulled in at the Busselton RSL on Sunday afternoon after the 220km ride in honour of Darren Whitby, who died after a battle with MND.


Mrs Hitching said the ride had been a way for her to deal with her grief.

“Darren was such a wonderful boss and an amazing manager of people,” she said.

“Initially this whole thing was about Darren — he was my boss — but it’s more than that.

“You look at what happens in the future, and you just don’t know if your children or grandchildren will be touched by this revolting disease.

“If something can be done to ameliorate the disease, it would be good.”


Darren’s wife Kirsten Whitby said the ride had inspired her to start a fundraising journey to raise awareness of the disease.

“A big part of this is creating awareness of MND — not just what it stands for, but the effect it has on sufferers and their families,” she said.


Mrs Whitby said Mrs Hitching’s idea to hold the ride had been an inspiration and thanked all of the supporters who came to see the riders come in on Sunday.

“She has done an amazing thing,” she said.

“It’s so good to hear of the effect Darren had on people’s lives and what he meant to them.”

Mrs Whitby said there were more events and fundraisers planned for the future.

“We want to keep the ride going,” she said.