Great ride, great cause


By Ciaran Warner
Derek Houghton will be at Saturday’s Tamahere Market to raise awareness of cot death and the fundraising Great Australian Ride.

Derek Houghton (photo: Annette Taylor)
Derek Houghton (photo: Annette Taylor)

Taking place from August 18, the Great Ride will involve 12 intrepid motorcyclists, including Derek, embarking on an epic 20-day, 8000km trip from one side of Australia to the other.

The purpose of the journey is to raise money for SIDS and Kids, a charity organisation dedicated to the support of families who have lost children to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or cot death.

Derek, from Gordonton, said all donations would be going to the charity, while all expenses for the trip will be paid out of pocket. He has always wanted to take part in the ride, especially after a friend was involved last year.

“It’s a chance to do some good … it’ll be a great experience,” he said.

Donors to the Ride are entered in a draw to win a range of motorcycle gear and/or a subscription to motorcycle mag Dirt Rider Down Under. Derek is aiming to raise $2000, and so far has raised $537.90.

SIDS and Kids statistics show Sudden Infant Death Syndrome claimed an average of around 100 young lives per year from 1981-2007, although the mortality rate has decreased in recent years. Last year’s Ride raised more than $AU26,000 for the charity.

The Tamahere Market and, last week’s Gordonton Market, have provided Derek with an opportunity to spread word of the Ride, as well as a chance to become a stallholder.

Best of luck to Derek and his dirt-bike dozen!

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