Making A Difference (MAD) Ride - Sunday, 23rd of September 2007

2007-06-09 02:51
The MAD Ride committee would like to announce that the date for this year's "Making A Difference Ride" has been decided, 23rd September 2007. The MAD Ride is an annual event organised by the Making A Difference Ride Fund, which is a registered charity run by a dedicated group of Perth motorcycle riders.

The goal of the charity is to raise community awareness and much needed funds for the spinal injuries ward of Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital and Reds Spinal Research laboratory at the University of Western Australia.

With the help of the City of Stirling, Australian Transport Safety Bureau, St John Ambulance and community road safety educators, the MAD Ride also hopes to enhance perception and understanding of motorcycle related injuries, road safety and injury prevention.

This year's MAD Ride is expected to involve a procession of over 1500 motorbikes gathering at Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital from 7am for breakfast, and then riding to the picturesque Scarborough foreshore at 10:15am.

Riders are encouraged to donate $10 to participate in the ride with a gold coin donation for pillions. The ride itself is approximately 40 kilometres and winds along the leafy western suburbs of Perth before terminating at Scarborough Beach. A full police escort and ample guides will ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.

Upon arrival at the Scarborough foreshore around 11am, the procession will be greeted by a lively community festival with live bands and other entertainment. In addition there will be food and drink vendors, give-aways and prizes, sponsors marquees, auction of memorabilia & artwork, static displays of motorcycles and related equipment, children's rides and many other activities to keep the expected crowd of 3000 people entertained.

In addition a show n' shine competition is being held, and for the first time considerable cash prizes are being offered, in an effort to encourage not only the normal everyday riders but the professional bike builders to the scene. Due to generous contributions from local businesses the prize money being offered makes the MAD Ride show n' shine one of the premier events in Australia.

The MAD Ride commenced in 2005 and has grown in strength each year. As the committee grows in experience, and as advertising across the globe increases, more riders and visitors attend to help make this one of the larger events of its kind on the west coast. This year support for the event is marked in the calendars of Motorcycle related sites around the world.

In 2005 after only a 10 week lead-in time, the inaugural MAD Ride was an outstanding success, with significant support stemming from the local community, sponsors and media. The outcomes from the MAD Ride 2005 surpassed all expectations and with 500 riders generated over $10,000 for Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital. With these funds, a computer room was established for the patients in the Sir George Bedbrook Ward. Not only did this prove to be a vital asset for patients, but it also assisted in strengthening the overall morale in the ward.

Then in 2006 MAD Ride involved in excess of 1,000 riders and raised over $25,000 which was presented to the Royal Perth Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital and REDS SCI research facility at the University of Western Australia. The donations are made to the two groups with no strings attached, so that each organisation can make the best use of the funds to meet their needs and thereby better serve the community.

The MAD Ride Fund draws a lot of its strength from the Perth Street Bikes (PSB) forum, which comprises a local motorcycle community of over 4,000 users with large hearts, who have chosen to devote their vigour and energy to help a worthy cause. PSB came to life in March 2003 when a Perth motorcycle enthusiast created this internet forum as a means to communicate and interact with fellow motorcycle riders. In a short time PSB's popularity has grown significantly, and it is now Perth's largest internet forum for active sports bike riders. PSB members are particularly well known for opening their hearts and wallets for worthwhile charities such as Red Cross Blood Donation Runs and the Making A Difference Ride.

Though the MAD Ride is supported by Perth Street Bikes, it is not restricted to any one form of Motorcycle, participants in the ride arrive on many and varied models, from 50cc Scooters all the way to custom built large capacity Trikes, and everything in between.

Members of the motorcycling community worldwide are encouraged to participate in the 2007 Making A Difference Ride on Sunday 23rd September 2007. With each individual's involvement, we will help bring spinal injury awareness and road safety to the people of Perth.


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