Gordonton local Derek Houghton is on his bike, taking part in the Great Australian Ride.
With 11 other motorcyclists, he has set off on a 20-day, 8000-km trip from one side of Australia to the other, raising funds for money for SIDS and Kids, a charity organisation dedicated to the support of families who have lost children to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or cot death.
Derek was a stallholder at the Gordonton Country Market, raising funds and awareness. The Ride started on Sunday 18 August, with a big send off from Bryon Bay lighthouse, he told Number 8 Network.
“Fifty other bikers met us to ride with us for half a day as part of the send off. There was also a highway patrol escort out of Byron Bay.”
He says they have now reached $AU29,000 in donations and have a target of $AU40,000 for SIDS and Kids by the end of the ride.
“A huge thanks to all the people who have supported me and made donations. I’ve met a number of people who have been through the loss of a child and heard about the work that SIDS and Kids do in the community and your support makes a real difference and is greatly appreciated.”
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A GPS Spot tracker has been activated and anyone wanting to follow their progress online can do so by clicking this link.
Best of luck to Derek and his dirt-bike dozen!