Let the Games begin! Departed Perth at 0355. Thanks to Tania and Jason Oliver for getting up at this hour to see us off.
Now at Cockburn Central (0500). Going well.
Next stop Safety Bay Road Service Centre.
Come down to the Busselton RSL from 4pm on Sunday to welcome Margaret as she completes her ride from Perth to Busselton.
Sausage sizzle, raffles and silent auctions will be available.
Updates on Margaret’s progress will be posted on facebook during the day.
When Marg Hitching pedals her trusty bike Hilda into Busselton on Sunday afternoon, it will be both the end and the beginning of a long fundraising journey.
Mrs Hitching is riding from Perth to Busselton to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA, with half the proceeds going to the research arm of the foundation and the other half going to support those who have been diagnosed with the disease and their families.
The Geographe Cycle Club member took on the challenge to raise awareness about Motor Neurone Disease and celebrate the life of friend and co-worker Darren Whitby, who died after battling the disease last year.
Joined by fellow cycle club members Chris Ebsary, Laurie Collett, Tricia Miller and Bob Hingston, Mrs Hitching will cycle from South Perth all the way to Busselton, and supporters are invited to welcome them at the Busselton RSL from 4pm.
Mrs Hitching said the concept of the ride was ongoing; Darren liked to ride a wave, ride a bike and ride through life, and she would like to see the ride continue in years to come.
“The ride is a symbolic gesture,” she said.
“It causes people to stop and think. Perhaps they will think about Darren and what he went through, and hopefully donate to the cause.”
Donation tins and boxes have been distributed throughout Busselton over the past few weeks.
Darren’s wife, Kirsten, said Mrs Hitching had been an inspiration, and it was rewarding to see the fundraising initiative had already seen a great deal of support.
“For me, it is about commemorating Darren,” she said
“He was an amazing man”
Mrs Whitby said MNDAWA had provided a lot of help to the family throughout the tough time.
“There are other sufferers in the South West,” she said.
“MNDAWA helped us with equipment and emotional support. They don’t get a lot of funding, and rely heavily on community donations”
The finish line welcome for Darren’s Ride will include fundraising raffles, a silent auction, and sausage sizzle as part of proceedings.
For more information about the ride and the many other ongoing fundraising initiatives forming part of Darren’s Ride, visit www.darrensride.com.au.
“Here’s Margaret and and her trusty steed Hilda in training for “Darren’s Ride” …
Margaret is not in disguise, she is just being sun smart! It was a nice warm up, she is pictured 5kms north of Settlers Roadhouse in Myalup, and clocked up a lazy 107km yesterday, ably supported by Bob the Pit Man!
Go Margaret (and Hilda) !!!
Please show your support and get on board Darren’s Ride by clicking to donate – help us to commemorate Darren and achieve our goal of living in a world free from MND!”
While Darren Whitby is now free from Motor Neurone Disease (MND), others continue to suffer and many more people will be diagnosed. Ongoing fundraising is needed to provide for research and support services for those effected.
Friend and former co-worker, Marg Hitching, has made a determination to celebrate Darren’s life and raise awareness about Motor Neurone Disease in the local community. She is undertaking a fundraising cycle from Perth to Busselton next month and hoping to raise money through sponsorship.
“Darren was a wonderful man,” she said. “This ride – Darren’s Ride, is about honouring his memory while doing something symbolic to support the cause. It will be a tough ride both physically and emotionally.”
Marg is hoping Darren’s friends and former colleagues, as well as members of the broader community will support ‘Darren’s Ride’ through sponsorship and/or donations, all of which will go the Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA Inc to support MND research and help MND sufferers and their families. Donations are tax deductable.
The ride takes place on Sunday March 27, 2016. It will culminate on that day with a gathering of supporters at the Busselton RSL, who have kindly donated their hall free of charge.
It is hoped this will be just one of many different fundraising activities, and the first of many rides to come, helping to ensure Darren’s memory lives on.
Margaret, the inspiration behind our campaign “Darren’s Ride” and her trusty steed “Hilda” are pictured above.