Ron McLaughlin is preparing to ride around Australia to raise money for cancer research, after losing his father and brother to the disease.
Ron McLaughlin is preparing to ride around Australia to raise money for cancer research, after losing his father and brother to the disease.

Fundraiser goes the whole hog

RON McLaughlin says his Harley Davidson ride around Australia will be emotionally and physically tough.

His ride is dedicated to his deceased father and brother, and aims to raise $20,000 to fund research into cancer, the disease that killed them.

"Both my dad and brother were big Harley fans. I have a picture of my dad on one in 1948," Mr McLaughlin said.

He said the ride would be one of "passion, for the memory of my family" and "pleasure because I love riding Harleys".

Mr McLaughlin's preparations for the ride are well under way, and he has planned most of his journey.

"I'll be leaving on August 18, and I've actually squeezed the trip time down to seven weeks," Mr McLaughlin said.

"I'll be stopping in at caravan parks on the way up the east coast, but from then it'll mostly be camping.

"I've been around most of Australia for work, but I've never seen it all from my bike, so it should be a great experience."

Mr McLaughlin said he would provide daily updates of his trip on a Facebook page, and would stop in to visit fans.

"I'm basically going everywhere except Tasmania and the Cape, because I won't have time to get all the way up there."

He said the support of Ipswich businesses had been amazing, and he encouraged people to find out more and support him online.



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