R2Rsports Busselton Spring Running Festival

mndA little bit of “Hope” can bring a lot of happiness…

These gorgeous girls loved the MND “Hope” puppies their lovely mum bought them from Darren’s Ride at the R2Rsports Busselton Spring Running Festival yesterday.

Despite the non Spring like weather, it was a great day, well done to all the competitors, volunteers and organisers. Darren’s Ride especially thanks all those who came to see us in the merchandise tent, and generously added to our funds tally for Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA and MNDRIA, the research arm of MND Australia. A special thanks also to the guys and girls from Busselton State Emergency Service for their help on the day.

cute-girls cutey-girls hope little-girls

Darren’s Ride is nudging our next fund raising target of $25,000, go to our website http://darrensride.com.au/ to check the tally and you can always make a little donation while you are there!

Busselton Wildflower Exhibition

wildflower exhibitionIn bloom … Busselton Wildflower Exhibition 29th and 30th September 2016

If you are in town, pop along to the Uniting Church on Kent Street and check out the beautiful wildflower display. This annual event has been running for over 90 years, and presents our local flora in all its glory, a photographic exhibition and a variety of stalls and displays.
Thank you so much to the Church for allowing Darren’s Ride to silent auction some fabulous floral water colour paintings kindly donated to our cause, please go along to the event to have a look and place your bid in support of our fund raising campaign for Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA.

Thanks also to Jacksons Drawing Supplies Busselton for assisting with our display.

Art Works For Sale

Artwork For Sale Darren RideArt from the heart…little things mean a lot…
Beautiful little artworks for sale, created and donated with love by Robin McDonald and on display at Sensations Cafe 24 Freycinet Drive Port Geographe Busselton.

Enjoy an awesome breakfast, coffee and cake or a fantastic lunch from Debbie and the team, and take home your own little work of art, with all sale proceeds being donated to Darren’s Ride. Thank you Robin and Sensations, for so generously helping to fight back against MND in Darren’s name. It really means a lot!

Artwork For Sale Darren Ride

Artwork For Sale Darren Ride

Sensations Cafe 24

See Sensations Cafe Busselton Facebook for more information

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

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 www.darrensride.com.au 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

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.
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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