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

sensations cafeArt from the heart …new little paintings inspired by the sea…

Don’t forget to get along to Sensations Cafe this long weekend or over the school holidays to enjoy the food and coffee, and see the beautiful little works of art on display and for sale. 5 have already gone to new homes, thank you so much to those who purchased. New works are now on display, reflecting Darren’s love of the ocean. All sale proceeds being donated to MNDA WA in support of the Darren’s Ride campaign.

Merci Blue Illusion!

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Merci Blue Illusion
Thank you to Michelle and her lovely team from Blue Illusion’s Garden City Booragoon store, and all the fabulous Blue Illusion customers for today’s successful fashion event. With well over $3000 in sales (of which Darren’s Ride will receive 15%) and $161 raffle and donations proceeds, everyone enjoyed their retail therapy whilst raising money for a very worthwhile cause. Thank you all, from Darren’s Ride! Keep watching this space for details of the next event…

Shop to support Darren’s Ride

supportShop to support Darren’s Ride.

Next Blue Illusion fashion event coming 17/09/2016…

Save the date, and get your credit cards ready,
the next Blue Illusion event is
Saturday 17/09/2016 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.
15% of all sales will be donated to MNDA WA
in support of the Darren’s Ride fundraising initiative.

Get your friends together for some retail therapy,
and shop for beautiful French inspired clothing,
shoes, accessories & home decor, knowing you
are helping to search for a cure and to support
others in their battle against MND.




Over $21,000 raised, thank you all so much!


Over $21,000 raised, thank you all so much!

We are so very grateful for everyone’s help and support in raising an amazing amount of over $21,000. We have now set a new challenge, let’s see if we can keep Darren’s Ride going and get it to $25,000. Every dollar we can raise is so vitally important to help fund research and to support others in their battle against MND. The smallest amount can make a big difference, please don’t forget donations over $2 are tax deductable, just go to http://darrensride.com.au/ and click the donate tab or button.

“There is a cure for MND, we just havent found it yet!”

Please share the word and keep watching for more Darren’s Ride events to come…

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

$20,000 raised and Darren’s Ride is still going….

Thanks for getting on board Darren's RideA huge thank you to Leeuwin Estate and the Leeuwin Carpark & Parking Crew for their incredibly generous donation of $1500 to Darren’s Ride, which has taken us to over $20,000 raised so far.

This money is so very important to help in the fight back against MND, by funding research as well as support services for others who are suffering. Further research is the only way that we can find the cause, treatments and ultimately a cure.

So please help us to continue Darren’s legacy, every dollar donated is tax deductable and will help us to get to a world free from MND. If you would like to join the Leeuwin team and get on board Darren’s ride,
donate here...

By the supporting the Leeuwin concert series, you will enjoy a spectacular evening in a beautiful venue sipping fine wine, and allow other worthy causes and local charities to benefit from the hard work of the carpark crew as we have.
Go to https://leeuwinestate.com.au/concerts/ for details.

Once again, thank you, for Darren…

MND Research breaking news…new gene discoveries

MNDMND Research breaking news…new gene discoveries shed light on motor neurone disease…this is why your donations are so very important..

Breaking news from MND Australia – 27 June 2016

New gene discoveries shed light on motor neurone disease.

Two papers published today in the prestigious journal Nature Genetics provide new insights on the genes predisposing to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the most common form of motor neurone disease (MND). Three new genes known as C21orf2, MOBP and SCFD1 have been linked to MND, and a fourth gene, NEK1, has been confirmed as an MND susceptibility gene.
The findings are the result of a huge international effort involving hundreds of scientists and thousands of samples from people with MND. The work of the contributing groups was supported by various grants from governmental and charitable bodies, including the Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia.

The MNDRIA have prepared a brief explanation about what the latest research means;

This latest finding is a new piece of a complex puzzle. We already know that genetics plays an important role in why some people get MND. Research to date has told us about the genetics of some inherited forms of MND – where there’s a family history of the condition. Familial MND is seen in about 10% of all cases of MND, where more than one family member is affected. This new research has found several new genes associated with sporadic MND. Sporadic MND accounts for about 90% of people with MND, where only one person in a family has had MND. A combination of variations in the newly identified genes (plus other genes yet to be discovered) interacting with lifestyle and environmental factors could contribute to causing MND. Understanding what these new genes do could help to identify potential targets for therapies in the future.

New genes associated with sporadic MND

A study conducted by an international consortium of scientists has revealed three new genes known as C21orf2, MOBP and SCFD1are linked to ALS.

The C21orf2 gene was found to have rare mutations, which increased an individual’s risk of developing ALS by 65 per cent. The exact function of C21orf2 is unknown but it may be involved in cell movement, DNA repair and/or dysfunction of the structures that provide cells with energy.

Two other genes identified in the study, MOBP and SCFD1, will require more extensive studies to fine-map variants in them that cause MND.

About 90% of ALS cases are sporadic. Project MinE was established in 2013 to find both common and rare DNA variations associated with ALS by mining genetic data (www.projectmine.com).

Using genetic information from Project MinE, comprising 15,156 ALS patients and 26,224 healthy controls from 15 countries, the researchers used “snapshot” chip-based genetic data combined with whole genome sequencing of 1,861 individuals to find new genes linked to ALS.

The Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia (MNDRIA) is funding the next phase of research through the Ice Bucket Challenge Grant awarded in 2015 to Professor Naomi Wray and colleagues for the establishment of the Sporadic ALS Australia (SALSA) consortium. The consortium has implemented identical data and DNA collection protocols in all the major MND clinics in Australia.

The Queensland Brain Institute’s Professor Naomi Wray was involved in the data analysis aspect of the international study.

“This research opens new opportunities to understand a complex and debilitating disease, which currently has no effective treatments.

“The SALSA consortium paves the way for Australians with MND to join international efforts in genetic discoveries as a step towards penetrating the complexity of this terrible disease,” Professor Wray said.

MNDRIA Executive Director Research Janet Nash said the collaborative efforts of researchers around the world, ALS patients and the public had provided vital insight to the mechanisms that lead to ALS.

“We are very hopeful that the discovery of new genes will lead to future therapeutic studies,” Ms Nash said.

To access the journal article

New study confirms NEK1 is a risk gene for familial and sporadic motor neurone disease

An international study has confirmed that variants of the NEK1 gene confer susceptibility to ALS.

NEK1 was implicated in ALS in a study published in the journal Science in 2015 but required further investigation before being conclusively linked to the disease.

Researchers in the current study investigated more than 1,000 individuals from 11 countries including Australia with familial ALS (FALS) and more than 7,000 controls to reveal a significant association between FALS and gene variants that cause loss of function of the NEK1 protein.

Further analyses of sporadic ALS (SALS) cases and independent control cohorts confirmed significant disease association for a particular mutation “p.Arg261His” as well as NEK1 loss of function variants. In total, NEK1 variants were observed in nearly three per cent of ALS cases, demonstrating that it is a major risk factor for ALS.

NEK1 is a multi-functional enzyme that has been linked to several cellular functions including cell movement, DNA damage response and nerve cell morphology. Notably, NEK1 is thought to interact with the C21orf2 gene product, also identified as a risk factor for ALS in Nature Genetics today.
Article from MND Australia

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Over $18,000 raised…Thank you all so much!

Thank you

Over $18,000 raised…Thank you all so much!!! A special merci to Michelle and the Blue Illusion Teams at

  • Booragoon
  • Claremont
  • Floreat
  • Karrinyup
  • Joondalup
  • Midland Gate and
  • Whitfords

who raised an amazing $1834 from their first fashion event for Darren’s Ride. Thank you to all the retail therapists who participated!

Please help us keep Darren’s Ride going, remember all donations over $2 are fully tax deductible, and are so desperately needed to help other sufferers and to wipe out MND.