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.