The funds were raised through the raffle of a Ducati Monster 1200 S worth $26,000 donated at cost price by Frasers and Mornington Ducati.
They also donated riding gear at a discounted rate as secondary prizes, says club president Garry Elphinstone.
“We are donating to the SCI as they often treat motorcyclists and are in need of some funds to upgrade facilities,” Garry says.
“This will allow them to upgrade equipment and facilities and support patients and families during difficult times.”
SCI spokeswoman Melissa Cramp says the donation will help the spinal patients in many ways.
“The funds would be used to purchase new equipment for our supported living (transitional) apartments,” she says.
“The remaining funds will be set aside for the Ward 3 North balcony area which is in much need of a facelift for the patients and families to enjoy. For this, the staff and patients at Austin Health are so grateful to DOCV and everyone that has supported this fundraising effort. You are truly making a difference and it is fantastic to have you one our team.”
The Ducati Owners Club of Victoria has about 500 members, is one of the oldest in the world and is very active.
Garry says they organise daily, mid-week and weekend rides, two or three track days a year, barbecues and the annual Festival of Italian Motorcycles which is on this Sunday at the Piazza Italia in Carlton.
“I think last year we held 40 events over the year, including an eight-day tour of Tasmania.
Other special 40th Anniversary events include:
DOCV 40th Anniversary Book Launch (15 November)
Annual Dargo overnighter and black tie dinner (26-27 November)