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Across the Island

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Follow the ride on Instagram @monkeymiatobyron or Facebook, Monkey Mia to Byron Bay, or see below for updates Monkey Mia to Byron Bay – Across the Island! Harry, Noel, Jim and Dave are taking on a challenge to ride their motorbikes across the centre of Australia!! From Monkey Mia to Byron Bay the boys will be riding from the most Western point of Australia to the most Eastern point. They also have a great support team, Andrew, Phil, Scotty, and T.C. who will have the challenge of driving the supply vehicles and trailer. Traversing through the arid heart of Australia is going to be a mighty challenge, but the Magnificent Eight are all keen for their 4 week adventure. Why the ride across Australia? Several reasons: • For fun and adventure - an idea from Harry • To raise awareness of Parkinson’s Disease and raise money for research • Two of the team have been challenged with Parkinson’s Disease for several years They leave Monkey Mia on the 19th of May for their epic journey and you can also support their challenge as they will be raising funds to support research to find the cure for Parkinson’s through the Shake It up Foundation of Australia. If you would like to make a donation please use the link below. Feel free to share this fundraising page with friends and family. Stay tuned for updates on the journey. Thank you for supporting the team : Harry Chisholm, Jim Salter, Noel Passalaqua, Dave Elsbury, Andrew Urquhart, Phil Davies, Dave Scott and Tom Ellis. The Journey so far: Harry and DoDo (Phil) headed off to Geraldton this Wednesday morning - 4 bikes/spare parts/8 swags/3 Engels (cold beer) /tables/chairs etc. First stop Peterborough then /Ceduna (days whiting fishing for the supply fridge). A couple of other stops before meeting with Jim Salter at Geraldton on about 15th. Noel (Paz), Andy, Dave, TC and Scotty arrive on the 18th. Bike ride starts 19th am Monkey Mia. 19th May - All arrived safely at Monkey Mia and ready to ride. 20th May - Listen to Macca on Australia all Over to hear Harry talk about the ride. 20,21/22nd May - Monkey Mia to Meekatharra (very sandy tracks that tested their skills but bikers travelling well and not causing the back up crew any grief. Following day Meekatharra to Wiluna, camped along the way on a billabong. Heading to Carnegie Station today, Tuesday. Carnegie is the official start of the Gunbarrel Highway. No phone service then for maybe a week. All going well. Bikies getting the knack of the roads and more confident. Back up crew doing an outstanding job and no bickering between groups. Nearly out of crayfish( caught by Harry, Jim and Dodo in Geraldton) so have to resort to steak soon! 23rd May - Carnegie Station, start of Gunbarrel Highway. Riding gets tougher, few spills in the sand. 25th May - Track got rougher! The last two days we have travelled only 100km a day! Hard work as we have 1500kms on the Gunbarrel Highway. Len Beadell - who surveyed/made the road had a sense of humour calling it a HIGHWAY!! 26th -30th May - Left Monkey Mia 11 days ago and travelled the roughest tracks that the boys could find. The roughest being the Gunbarrel Highway and the Finke Gorge - south of Hermannsberg. Arrived in Alice Springs on Tuesday, looking forward to some R & R for a couple of nights. The bike riders have done an amazing job. They keep getting back on!!! Been a fantastic trip so far. Travelled a fair few few miles that many don’t see. Spectacular and continuously changing countryside June Headed East along tracks “less travelled” The boys keep finding ‘em !! Had a couple of good camps before King Creek( no fish) out of Bedourie and headed for Birdsville for a tub but found a great hot spring on the way. A couple of the riders challenged and conquered Big Red. On to Innamincka for a relaxing afternoon getting to know the locals and fellow travellers. Good fun had. Innamincka to Harry’s old jackarooing place -Booloo Downs. Camped the night and drove thru there and a eventually got “geographically challenged “ (read- lost!!)on the way to Hungerford. Gary Collins and Pete Atkins flew in to spend the night - also bought 10 doz oysters!! Bulk of the over and should be in Byron Bay by Saturday Don't forget to check Instagram @monkeymiatobyron or Facebook - Monkey Mia to Byron Bay for photos.

Shake It Up Australia for Parkinson’s Research

Shake It Up Australia Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2011 and in partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) promotes and funds Parkinson’s disease research in Australia aimed at better treatments and ultimately a cure.

To date, the foundation together with our partners at The Michael J. Fox Foundation have co-funded over $10.8 Million into Australian Parkinson's research and are the largest non-government funders across multiple research institutes.

The foundation was established by Clyde Campbell, a father of three and business owner who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009 at the age of 44. Clyde set out to find out as much as he could about the disease and determine what he could do in a practical sense to assist. His search led him to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in the United States and the remarkable work they do to fund medical research targeted at finding better treatments on the path to a cure for Parkinson’s disease. We also guarantee that 100% of your donation is directed into research, this is made possible by our founding directors covering all overhead and administration costs of the foundation.

As the country’s leader in strategic Parkinson’s research funding we are excited about the talent we have in our Australian institutes and the prospect that their work will take us closer to a cure.
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