Motorbike Writer supports a lot of charity riders who raise money for good causes. Some critics suggest these riders are just using charity and crowdfunding to pay for their holiday.
However, Rick points out that he sold one of his favourite motorcycles, an original 1998 R1, to fund the first ride.
“I put out over $20,000 to fund my first trip,” the pensioner says.
“I was not going to be accused of using donations to fund the trip.
“I only managed to raise $8000 but I also raised a lot of awareness of PTSD as I’m a former suffer myself.”
Rick has seen combat at times while serving in the British Army and has worked with the Australian Special Forces.
As a combat medic, he is now keen to provide medical relief to the indigenous communities he visited on his first trip.
“I never planned to do this but I left the Northern Territory in tears,” he says.
“I couldn’t believe the conditions they were living in.
“I was totally shocked by the disease and injuries these people were living with and even more saddened by the fact they are Australia’s forgotten people with little in the way of aid or medicines to improve their 1700s living conditions.”