Motorbike Writer is calling on all riders on all types of bikes to get out into the drought-stricken country and spend their money where it can do some good, starting with a special Ride Against Drought in October.
In the first of what we hope will be many rides around the nation to raise money for our rural communities, Motorbike Writer has teamed with the Rotary District of 9630 and Lions Zone 201Q1 to organise the South East Queensland Ride Against Drought (RAD) on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
SEQ RAD October 6
RAD riders will be asked to call in for breakfast at the Rocklea Showgrounds from 7.30am to 11am.
Participants can head off whenever they want, at their own pace and via their own route to Oakey Showgrounds where Rotary will host a barbecue lunch, entertainment and raffles.
Riders will be able to cruise straight up the highway or take their favourite circuitous route by back roads or forestry trails.
The ride and routes are open to all types of bikes!
Riders are also encouraged to stay on at Oakey overnight, or keep heading west to spend their money in the towns hit hard by the drought.
Oakey is only 140km from Brisbane, so some riders can ride home straight after lunch, if they can’t afford to spend the whole weekend away.
All money from breakfasts and lunch, as well as raffles for bike gear and cash donations collected on the day will go to the Rotary District 9630 Drought Disaster Relief Campaign. It has already raised more than $1 million for drought-stricken farmers.
Some of the most drought-affected areas of Queensland are included in the Rotary District 9630 which runs west to Charleville and Lions Zone 201Q1 which extends to St George.
“Some framers tell us they haven’t seen rain in seven years,” says Rotary Club of Salisbury president Alan Charles.
RAD to go nationwide
If the October RAD event is a success, Rotary and Lions will challenge other Districts to organise their own RAD event and encourage riders to go bush.
We believe riders already have a great affinity for the bush, having ridden many of this nation’s back roads and supported local communities with their tourist dollar.
Motorcycle tourists are far more beneficial economically to regional communities than grey nomads.
If more riders could head out into the bush instead of riding the coastal hinterlands, it would inject much-needed funds into rural communities.
We suggest that, apart from eating, drinking, sleeping and filling up your tank in these regional centres, you also think about maybe having a haircut or buying some souvenirs while you’re there.
If you can’t ride out into the country or can’t attend our first RAD event, you can donate now to the Rotary District 9630 Drought Disaster Relief Campaign.
Money from the appeal goes directly to the Rotary Clubs of Roma, Mitchell, St George and Charleville who are working with local families to provide relief vouchers using third parties to identify those most affected.
This provides anonymity for the families and strict governance of the money.
Third party involvement is mainly through the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) and organisations such as the Charleville Neighbourhood Centre.
By donating money, rather than goods, the goods required by rural families can be bought locally via the voucher system, keeping the money in local communities.
District Governor Jitendra Prasad says the RAD event has a “lot of merit” and thanked Motorbike Writer for considering Rotary as the strategic partner.