Almost Halfway on Darren’s Ride

Margaret’s ride for Darren’s Ride – Progress report
John Tognelo Rest area on Forrest highway
100km down; 115 to go…

Supporters cheering the cyclists on – Kirsten’s mum, dad and brother (Robin, John and Andrew) Marg with Supporters


10.30 – fed, watered and ready to leave the John Tognelo Rest area for the next 24km stage.

Leaving John Tognelo Rest Area

Running Repairs for Marg

Margaret’s ride for Darren’s Ride – Progress report
0940 – running repairs en route. All fixed and back on the road.Margaret's ride for Darren's Ride - Progress report 0940 - running repairs en route. All fixed and back on the road...

The Icecream Cones on Forrest Highway

Margaret’s ride for Darren’s Ride – Progress report
0835 – just arriving at “The Water Dance” aka The Icecream Cones on Forrest Highway. Margaret and Bob Hingston have now been joined by Laurie Collett and Tricia Miller. Light winds (S to SE) and sunshine makes for pleasant riding. Still making good time…

Marg at Icecream Cones Forrest Hwy

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Margaret’s ride for Darren’s Ride – Progress report
Arrival and departure (0900) from Icecream Cones.

Marg Icecream Cones

Marg Icecream Cones

Darren’s Ride – Marg progressing well

0615 – arrived a little ahead of schedule. Here are Margaret and Bob with support crew Bob and Robin. Enjoyed a coffee and some food. Margaret gave them all a bit of a shock walking into the Restrooms with her protective mask on. Good job it wasn’t a bank! Now on their way to next pit stop – Manjoogoordap Road.

Marg -Darrens Ride Pit Stop


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Darren’s Ride Begins

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.

Marg -Darrens Ride Begins

Next stop Safety Bay Road Service Centre.

Margaret’s Ride for Darren’s Ride.

MargCome 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.

Battle inspired fundraising ride

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

Article and photo by Cameron Myles – Busselton Dunsborough Times.


Blue Illusion – Retail Therapy with a French twist for Darren’s Ride!

Blue IllusionsOn Saturday 2nd April
from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm
the Blue Illusion Boutique at the Garden City Shopping Centre in Booragoon will be previewing their new collection, with 15% of sales to be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA, in support of “Darren’s Ride”.

Blue Illusion stores at Karrinyup, Claremont, Floreat, Joondalup and Midland Gate will also be participating in the fund raising event.  Please RSVP to your nearest store if you would like to attend…     94453204   92843411  92501516  93874615   93011124


Darren in Paris



Thanks for getting on board Darren’s Ride

Thanks for getting on board Darren's RideThank you so much to everyone who is now on board Darren’s Ride. Thanks to you, we  have already hit our target of $5,000, so please keep the ride going, and help us get the next $5,000.

MNDWA relies so heavily on the support and generosity of the community, to provide care and support services for people living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), as well as their families, who are also greatly impacted. Ongoing research is also needed to find a cause, treatment and cure.

Please help us to commemorate Darren, and achieve our goal of living in a world free of MND.

Go to and click to donate!

Training for Darren’s Ride

“Here’s Margaret and and her trusty steed Hilda in training for “Darren’s Ride”  …

Marg and Hilda her trusty steed

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) !!!

Bob The Pitman, helping on Darren's Ride Training

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Darren’s Ride


Darren's Ride 27th March 2016

Sunday 27th March 2016

Finish Line Welcome
Busselton RSL Club
Causeway Road, Busselton
4.00pm – 7.00pm
Sausage Sizzle – gold coin donation
So… put your hands in your pocket and donate generously to a very good cause!