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 are planning to leave Owen (90 km north of Adelaide) where we live on
14 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
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