Ron McLaughlin is planning to travel to the furthest points of Australia to raise money for QIMR’s cancer research. After losing both his father and brother to cancer in the same year, Ron was determined to raise money and awareness by riding his Harley Davidson around the country.
Mr McLaughlin will leave in August 2012 from Springwood, Queensland and will complete the fundraising trip in eight weeks.
“I always had the idea to go around Australia. But it was my dealings with people who were going through cancer treatment, family and friends that got me motivated,” he said.
The stress of losing his brother and father caused Ron to become very sick and he realised he could not put off the trip any longer.
Ron aims to raise $20,000 for QIMR’s crucial work into improving the treatments, prevention and diagnosis of cancer. He has already got off to a great start with over $4,400 raised through generous donations from the community and several sausage sizzle fundraisers at Gasoline Alley, Springwood.
“I’ve already had so much support from friends and businesses, but every little bit helps, so all donations are welcome.”
To support Ron McLaughlin’s ride around Australia and to keep updated with his travels later this year please visit www.everydayhero.com.au/ron_mclaughlin