About the Event


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.


Our Inspiration


Recent Donations

From Amount Message
Anonymous $5,000
Phil Benger $200
David Woodroofe $560 Money collected from Owen Ag Bureau talk...Owen Arms Hotel
David Woodrdoofe $125 Donation from Balaklava CWA
David Woodroofe $100 Money donated by Mallala Womens Fellowship following HC talk
Probus Club $50
Brenda Philp $70
Roy and Norma Schopp $100
Colin and Helen Hocking $50
Balaklava Primary School $126
Port Broughton Uniting Church $150
RS and YM Webb $100
Torrens Valley Ulysses Branch $505
David Woodroofe $150 Sale of Joy's books and Tarlee UC service donations
Coromandel Baptist Youth Group $70
Tarlee Uniting Church Fundraising $1,000
Anonymous $25
Alison Stebbing $550 Well done on an amazing ride and huge fundraising effort. From all Crag Reynolds’ work colleagues at Huon Aquaculture.
C/O David Woodroofe $1,172
C/O David Woodroofe $1,000
C/O David Woodroofe $500
C/O David Woodroofe $1,790
C/O David Woodroofe $100
c/o David Woodroofe $152 Anonymous cash donations
Milton Olafsen $119 Well done, you two faithful servants!!
Anonymous $245
Wendy Richards $100 Well done Joy and Woody! Have enjoyed following your ride on Facebook. Am so impressed by the love and support you have received on your ride. Welcome home! Wendy Richards
Anonymous $25
Catherine Colla $50
Annette Vincin $250 We have enjoyed your photos and posts and congratulate you on the work you have done to raise bowel cancer awareness. An amazing achievement in memory of your sons.
Grant Catford $250 Congratulations on your amazing ride and a heartfelt thank you Joy and Davud.
Jeff and Heather Hale $100
Anthony Verner $174
Anonymous $500 Dear Joy & David, Couldn't be more proud of you both. Miss our Kymmy and PJ, they would be so overjoyed that you did this on their behalf. Looking forward to having you home again. Love lil sis xx
David Pitt $100 Hi David and Joy So nice to have shared part of your journey with you our dear friends
Diane Gregor $250 Love your work!! Looking forward to seeing you safely back home soon after your inspirational & amazing trip xx
Anonymous $100 Keep up the good work Woody... See you back in Balak
Two Wells Melodrama Group $2,354 Funds raised for the Happy Chappy Ride through the raffle held at our production in May 2018.
Gary Small $50 I hope you reach your $ target!
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.
Anonymous $170
Craig Reynolds $200 Money from Dean for the quilt. Safe travels. Happy birthday on Friday Joy
Cherie Cleary $100
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.
Daryl Lunnay $50
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.
Craig Reynolds $200
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
Anonymous $42
Craig Reynolds $200
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
Craig Reynolds $200
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
Fiona Anderson $100
John Carlsson $100 We love what you are doing.
Anonymous $42
Anonymous $200
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.
Jeff & Lynne Sutton $100 You two are amazing, resilient through immense grief yet you find a way to not only handle that sorrow, you find away of helping others to work through research and good counsel. Gods blessings on you for safety and protection! Jeff and Lynne
Peter Clarke $100
Sarah Cook $50 Hi David and Joy, All the very best for your big ride around this magnificent Country of ours. Stay safe and look forward to seeing the pics! Kind regards Sarah Cook
Colin Reid $10
John Crossley $200 With love,support and blessings to Joy & David on their fundraising mission.
Leesne Woollard $25 Good luck and travel safe
Deb Kloeden $100 Have a safe journey David & Joy. This is a wonderful way to help others.
Beaumont Tiles Gepps Cross $1,000 All the best, you guys rock best wishes from all at beaumont tiles gepps x
Craig Reynolds $200 Safe travels. See you for a coffee next week
Naomi Parker $100
Balaklava Primary School $565
KB and EJ Warnes $250 Farewell and love the Warnes family
David Woodroofe $460 Collection tins in Balaklava (TADS, Cuts n Curls, Newsagency, Wendy's Café), Owen (Hotel and Post Office) and Mallala Doctor Surgery.
David Woodroofe $1,540 Part proceeds from the sale of Joy's Book...."Picture This".
Pt BroughtonUniting Church $500
Balaklava Church of Christ $900
Tony Ashdown $2,000
SWAP Shop $500 Our prayer support is with you both on this fantastic trip. Keep your chin up and the camera ready, with love and support from the SWAP Shop committee
TTG Home F/ship group $93 Blessing David and Joy as you begin this journey. We are with you in prayer as you travel.
Craig Reynolds $200
Port Wakefield PS $37 Compliments of Port Wakefield Primary School - Student Representative Council Fundraiser
Julie McPharlin $1,075 Bless you guys Balaklava Church of ChristJul
Craig Reynolds $200
16 River Street $50
Liz Sagar $25 Best wishes for your trip, David and Joy.
Helen Barry $200 Stay safe David and Joy as you travel raising money to fight cancer. Something that impacts too many of us. You are both amazing people.
David& Jo Woodies $2,000
Kathryn Quintel $250
Brenton and Gai Adcock $500 Saw you at Sue and Rays place and was moved by your story. Safe traveling and God bless all you are doing.
PRIVATE $440 David & Joy, Balhannah Secret Mens Group wish you all the very best as you embark on this great adventure. We thank you from all four corners of our hearts for sharing your story last night, and are pleased to donate some cash to your very worthy project. All the best for the ride, and we hope and pray it is not only fruitful, but it enables you to hit your target. Kym Wilhelm for SMB @ Balhannah
Combined Probus Clubs of Two Wells Incorporated $30
Mr Geoffrey &Mrs. Flora Walters $25
Balaklava Lions Club $200
Craig Reynolds $200
Caroline Noy $300 fundraiser - painting
Greg and Di Tucker $5,000
HearProtech $50
Balaklava High School $169
Anonymous $600
Neil Woodroofe $500
Manoora Primary School $100
Owen Community Church $455
Gawler Baptist Church $437
Anonymous $50
Owen Primary School $84
Bartleville $700 Best wishes
HORIZON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL $700 From all the Staff & Students at Horizon Christian School, we wish our past Principal & his wife, David & Joy, all the very best as they embark on this epic journey to raise money for Bowel Cancer education. David & Joy, you are eternally special to us & we stand united with you in memory of Kym, your son & our friend.
David Woodroofe $235 Donation tins from Balaklava and Owen
Ann Stewart $100 Have fun, and stay safe as you honour your sons and raise money for cancer awareness. Be blessed.
Anonymous $1,000 Keep safe as you travel, Pray the fundraising effort will be a huge success and the whole experience is truly inspiring. Lots of photos, poems, songs and another book in the pipeline!
Catherine Karklins $50 Dear Joy and David, A beautiful friend has asked for a donation to a charity for her birthday gift and since she is a devoted Mum to three amazing children, I thought she would appreciate your dedication to raising funds in Paul’s and Kym’s names and so I am donating to your charity and dedicating the donation on the behalf of Vicki Amabili for her 50th birthday. Best wishes to your continued efforts, Catherine, Jeff and Madeleine Karklins.
Owen Womens Christian Fellowship $50
port Vincent Uniting Church $1,000
Craig Reynolds $400
Carol Webb $200
David Woodroofe $220 Donation on behalf of Port Vincent Uniting Church retiring offering
Ron Squire $25 Good Luck David & Joy. Stay Safe out there and hope you raise heaps.
Balaklava Primary School $360 Funds raised at Balaklava Primary School casual day.
Anonymous $500
Carly, Derek, Willow, Sage & Leo Friedrichs $100 Sending love and cheering you on your very special adventure x
Craig Reynolds $200
David Woodroofe $205 This is money raised by staff of Balaklava Primary School and Balaklava resident Dulcie Williams
Craig Reynolds $200
Catherine, Jeff & Maddie Karklins $100 A loss no-one should have to live with. Stay safe on your ride but enjoy the time together.
Craig Reynolds $200
Accru Harris Orchard $120
David Woodroofe $540 Money raised by Balaklava Community Arts....Leader of the Pack Musical
Anonymous $200
Marni Greenshields $50 Sending lots of love and support your way. Ride well!
Balaklava High SchoolCouncil Inc $204
David Woodroofe $50 This donation is from Gwen and Maurice Secombe from Windsor.
Craig Reynolds $200
Carolyn Scholz $50 Enjoy the scenery on your ride, hope you get the fundraising to your goal.
Craig Reynolds $200
Craig Reynolds $200
David Woodroofe $50 This is a donation from Gwen Secomb from Windsor...Thanks Gwen!
Helen and Andrew Barr $50 Good luck with your fundraising and enjoy your time away for the boys x x
Annette Winter $100 Wishing you all the best with your planning and ride xx
Owen Womens Christian Fellowship $500
Trudy Black $50 such an amazing couple such strength and courage xx
David Woodroofe $320 This donation is $300 from Sarah McDonald and $20 from AndrewJettner
David Woodroofe $150 Money donated by Dee Daniel, Joanne Warnes and Lyn Marshman
Margaret Manuel $100 You two are an inspiration to us all. May God bless you richly in this ride of hope.
Mark & Libby Greenshields $100 We were close to and knew the whole Woody family prior to the tragic loss of Paul and then Kym. We wish David & Joy all the best on this journey.
Benny & Lorraine Mills $50 Think of you guys often, all the best on your venture & safe travels xx
David Woodroofe $50 Dee Daniel...great support at Balaklava Primary School.
Cheryl Russell $50 I hope that all goes well!
Barry & Pamela Lutt $100 This cause is very close to our hearts also as we lost our son Anthony to melanoma. Our thoughts have been with you and we wish you the best of luck.
Ole Andresen $50 Good luck and safe travels when you begin your ride Dave.
Gaye & Gary Tezacker $100 Best wishes to both of you on your venture. I hope you enjoy the challenge.
Geoffrey Jay $100 Good to see you putting that monster bike to good use buddy.
Rebecca Houston $50 Wishing David and Joy all the best for their journey xx
David Woodroofe $100 Money received from G & A Marshmann