My name is David Woodroofe. I am 62 years old, a teacher, and rider of a Harley Softail Deluxe 2009 model. I have been riding motorbikes since 1975 and my wife Joy has been accompanying me as a pillion for a large portion of that time.
Earlier this year my wife and I lost our son Kym (aged 37) to bowel cancer. He was diagnosed in May 2016 and died in January 2017. He was married (twice), had 6 children, and his loss has left a huge hole in our lives.
In 2001 we also lost our youngest son, Paul, from brain cancer… he was aged 20. Our eldest son Darren is 39 years old and is married with three children.
After Paul’s death, we had the notion to ride our motorbike around Australia to raise money for brain cancer… This ride did not eventuate. The death of our second son Kym has given us a real passion to achieve our goal and help in raising funds to research and eventually cure cancer.
The plan for our ride is in its very early stages.
We left Owen (90 km north of Adelaide) where we live on 12 April 2018.
We plan to ride anti-clockwise around Australia and arrive back home on 20 July 2018.
These dates may fluctuate as the ride gets closer.
We are hoping people will join us either by donating, holding a small fundraising event, riding part of the way with us, and we would love to share our story with people on the journey.
Our aim is to raise $57,000 - the combined ages of our two sons.
|Sandra Ingpen||$50||A worthy cause, keep up the good work David and Joy. Sandra and Ted|
|David Woodroofe||$250||Donation made to us in Darwin by a good friend.|
|Marilyn Veltman||$100||Wonderful to have met you on your amazing journey.|
|Craig Reynolds||$200||Money from Dean for the quilt. Safe travels. Happy birthday on Friday Joy|
|Catherine Karklins||$30||Maddie asked for a small donation to the Happy Chappy Motorbike Ride at her birthday last weekend and this is what she raised. Special thanks to Emily, Taylor and Sarah-Ann.|
|Ali Chapman||$200||Gawler Baptist Church collected these funds through the giving of our small change (mostly silver and some gold coins) each week into a money box. Now, one of our own is facing a diagnosis of bowel cancer. She started chemo last week and we have everything crossed for a good prognosis. I went through high school alongside Jodi. Our cohort was deeply saddened to hear of her diagnosis and subsequent passing. Vale Jodi, your legacy lives on.|
|Dads pure water||$1,800||Bennett’s and Woodies go way back. I love you guys dearly. Kym was an inspiration and a dear friend. I think we helped each other out in life quite a few times. I still struggle with the loss of him and struggle to fathom how it must affect both of you with firstly losing Paul and then Kym. Although upsetting we were honoured to have been able to firstly spent time with Kym and secondly support him as much as we could up to his death. He was a beautiful man that we loved. We really hope the happy Chappy ride gives you both a chance to seek, reflect, grieve and grow. Thanks for all that you do Love Alf, Riss, kids and the dads pure water team|
|David Woodroofe||$243||Money collected Queensland and NT|
|Karen Hales||$250||Hi Woodies! Keep safe on your travels ... you guys are an inspiration - with lots of love from the Hales and Scarces from Alice Springs days|
|Don & Dianne Wilson||$100||Great to meet up with you both yesterday. Blessings for the rest of your journey Stay safe. Love Don and Di.|
|David Woodroofe||$775||$325 from Shell Harbour Baptist Church and $450 from Nambucca Valley Community Church Thank you so much!|
|Jenny Dayman||$100||Enjoy the cow Jenny|
|John Carlsson||$100||We love what you are doing.|
|David Woodroofe||$2,000||This is the amount of money that was raised at the Living Faith Church at Greenborough Victoria...a great afternoon of music and celebration of Life...thankyou to Malcolm and Eric for their organisation and all those who came, participated, and celebrated with us.|