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.


Our Inspiration


Recent Donations

From Amount Message
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


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Happy Chappy Motorbike Ride $53,461
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Happy Chappy Motorbike Ride $53,461
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