8 Charity Bike Rides in Australia to be Aware of
Do you love to take long rides, explore the countryside, and simply enjoy the company of fellow bikers? Going on a trip with your bike is a great and fun activity. The benefits are limitless. It promotes your mental health, builds your core muscles, and burns calories. On top of these health benefits, it is a great commuting option. However, nothing gives a better feeling of elation than riding for a good cause, and not just for your benefits.
Australia has many bike rides and events. Almost every state has one, which means you do not need to travel far to join one. Charity rides are a great way to stay fit, expand your social circles, and help your community as well. These events cater to both beginners and experienced riders.
We have rounded up the charity bike rides that you should watch out for. There may be one in your area, so take note, gather up your biker friends, and plan which charity ride you want to join.
The Great Australian Ride
The Great Australian Ride began with a solo ride in October 2011. Its founder, Stuart Ball, rode his KTM 990 Adventure, 6000 kms across Australia. The ride was challenging, but he was able to raise $520 for the Children’s Health Foundation. It was his way of giving back, as a thanksgiving for his daughter’s recovery.
The Great Australian Ride 2020 will start at Byron Bay and run to Texas, Queensland. During this time, you get to nominate the charity of your choice. $500 from your registration fee goes to your chosen charity. You can also raise more funds for your charity. The highest fundraiser will lead the ride out from Byron Bay.
Pink Ribbon Motorcycle Ride Sydney
The annual Pink Ribbon Motorcycle Ride began in 2011. This October, the Pink Ribbon will continue its cause in helping raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer. You do not need to be a rider to support the cause. Supporters can come on the day of the ride, dressed in pink, and still support the cause. They can make a donation, buy some merchandise, or join the raffle during the event’s festivities.
Everyone is welcome to enjoy live entertainment and great food at The Ettamogah Hotel while supporting a great and noble cause.
The Variety Moto Run
The Variety Moto Run is four days of fun, beautiful scenery, and camaraderie with your fellow bikers in Riverland, South Australia. It is an event that is open to all motorbike enthusiasts. It’s a four-day cruise with great food and good wine. Luxury car owners also join the event. There is nightly entertainment and sunset parties during the ride. Participants get to enjoy themselves and have some fun while helping a good cause. Proceeds from the event will help South Australian children who have special needs or are disadvantaged.
Variety Postie Bike Dash
The Variety Postie Bike Dash is for adventurous riders. The entry fee goes to the Variety Children’s Charity. It is a 6-day event and will kick off at Tamworth, NSW. The ride will take its postie riders through off-road tracks, the countryside, and some rural towns. The route will take you to Tabulam, Casino, Lismore, Glen Innes, Bald Blair, Armidale, and back to Tamworth. Check their site for registration and the ride requirements.
The Black Dog Ride One-Dayer
Black Dog Ride’s annual event is a one-day ride that aims to raise awareness of depression and anxiety. One in five Australians experience mental illness. Some resort to taking their own lives as an escape. Depression and anxiety are serious, and they are real issues that many Australians face. That is the message that the Black Dog Ride wants to spread. It aims to build a community that is aware and accepts people who suffer from anxiety and depression.
Awareness can make a significant difference. Thousands of bike riders join this one-day event yearly to raise awareness and promote acceptance.
39th Annual Motorcyclists Toy Run
The Motorcycle Riders Association of the Australian Capital Territory organises this annual ride where the motorcycling community donates to the less fortunate during the festive season. The bike ride commences at the Old Parliament House, runs through Adelaide Avenue, Commonwealth Bridge, Parkes Way, Kings Avenue Bridge, and returns to the Old Parliament House.
Over 1,000 bike riders are expected to join the annual event this December. The association uses the funds raised to donate toys, food and cash to the Salvation Army and St John’s Care.
Most major towns and cities in Australia have Toy Runs. Look out for the notices and join in.
Wall to Wall: Ride for Remembrance
The Wall to Wall Ride is an annual riding event under the supervision of the Police Federation of Australia and the National Police Memorial. It pays homage and tribute to the fallen men and women of the force. The funds raised in the event are used to support the police’s charity organisations.
The event has the full support of the police force. Every Australian state and territory has representatives in this national event. The event is also integral in promoting the importance of motorcycling safety.
The event is open to serving and retired officers, and all family and friends of police. Everyone can show support and join this memorial ride.
The Perth Biker’s Charity Ride
The Perth Biker’s Charity Ride is the oldest and longest-running motorcycle ride for charity in Australia. It all started in 1975 with 40 bikers, all members of the Bikes Unlimited group. For the past 40 years, they have been riding with their gifts to the Salvation Army.
Every year, thousands of riders gather at Belmont on the first Saturday of December. Some riders even dress up for the event. They ride to HBF Arena in Joondalup, with all their gifts for the Salvation Army. The event has raised more than $2 million over the years.
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