Motocross and enduro riders turned out in full force to help raise much needed funds for Challenge, a network that supports children and families living with cancer by participating in the KTM Ride 4 Kids at the State Motorcycle Sports Complex in Broadford, VIC.
Apart from a great day of dirt bike riding, the highest fundraiser walked away with an all new 2010 model KTM 200 EXC motorcycle donated by major sponsor KTM. Professional dirt bike riders Cheyne Boyd and Cameron Taylor also gave up their time away from racing to perform and impressive expression session.
In the months leading up to the event, eight year old Wangaratta VIC, local Josh Dowell put his fundraising skills to the test, and managed to raise over $16,000 for Challenge securing himself the position of highest fundraiser.
The local community got right behind Josh and supported him in his fundraising efforts, donating goods for auction, buying raffle tickets and donating generously. Having participated in 2008 and coming in second, Josh was determined this year to raise enough funds to win the prize for highest fundraiser. Overall the event raised over $40,000 for Challenge with more than 200 dirt bike enthusiasts participating on the day.
Challenge is a not for profit organisation that gives daily support to children living with cancer, and their families, from the point of diagnosis, throughout the treatment period and beyond. From weekends away, to weekly Challenge Playgroup, to assisting families on a daily basis, both in and out of hospital, Challenge continues to bridge the gap between what is required by children and families living with cancer and the support that is offered.
“Challenge has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with event sponsor KTM motorcycles, and is honoured that so many people have supported this event. In this economic climate, all those involved raised an amazing total” said David Rogers, CEO of Challenge.
KTM Australia, General Manager, Jeff Leisk is right behind supporting Challenge and very encouraging for the motorcycling community to get behind the event. “This is the fourth consecutive year KTM Australia has sponsored Ride 4 Kids. The motorcycling industry is a very tight community, and very giving community, we’re proud to put the KTM name to the event and encourage donations wherever possible,” said Leisk.
For further information on supporting Challenge through fund raising, and events call 03 9329 8474 or visit www.challenge.org.au.