A big mob of Harley Davidson riders are heading down the Far North Coast on a mission — to raise as much money as possible for victims of the Victorian bushfires.
Organiser Boyd Jackson (right) and his mate Charlie Broadbent (left) rode into Ballina this afternoon on their Ride of Fire, a mammoth trek from Cairns to Albury. Only those two are making the full ride, but they will be joined by hundreds of others on various stages of the journey.
Tomorrow they will be joined by up to 100 other Harley riders from Brisbane south to Coffs Harbour and will ride through Lismore, Casino, Grafton and on to Coffs Harbour.
Then it will be on to Sydney, where they will appear on the Channel Seven Sunrise show on Monday, before being joined by another big contingent at Penrith,
That group will head on to Goulburn, Canberra and then their final stop, Albury.
Boyd, from the Sunshine Coast, came up with the idea after seeing the horrific loss of life and damage wrought by the Victorian fires.
“We think we’re struggling and doing it tough, but then you see something like that and you realise you’re living like a king,” Boyd told Far North Coaster.
Boyd and Charlie have already been joined by 120 Harley riders on the trek, and have raised more than $30,000. Boyd hasn’t set a target — ‘we’ll raise as much as we can’.
It’s been a Harleys-only ride, with members of the Harley Owners Group (HOG) joining the ride at various stages.
Boyd says the HOG members are well-versed in safe formation riding, hence the stipulation that only HOG members can join the ride.
He said that as well as raising money for a worthy cause, he had met plenty of fellow Harley enthusiasts.
“I’ve met 110 guys I wouldn’t have had the chance to,” he said.
“We’re one big happy family.”
To donate, visit the ride website http://www.rideoffire.com/
The riders will leave Ballina about noon on Saturday from Seaside Motorcycles in Kerr Street.