Happy Chappy Motorbike Ride

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.



Raised so far

Our Inspiration


Recent Donations

From Amount Message
Torrens Valley Ulysses Branch $505
David Woodroofe $150 Sale of Joy's books and Tarlee UC service donations
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.