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On the road again



Gronks Social Riders Club is revving up their engines once again for a good cause. The club is showing their support for Cancer Council Queensland’s Do It For Cancer Campaign by hosting their annual charity event, Ride for Red, on September 30. This marks the seventh year of the event, which aims to raise funds for cancer research and assist those affected by the illness. 

Since the Ride for Red’s inception in 2017, the event has raised about $45,000 for the cause. The club was inspired to start the event after losing a close friend to brain cancer. They have since made it their mission to give back to their community and support those fighting cancer. 

Gronks Social Riders Club extends their heartfelt thanks to all their supporters in the past years, as well as to this year’s sponsor, Geoff Cavanagh from Wamuran Timbers.  

Riders and cars will assemble at the Big Fish Ampol Service Station Caboolture at 8.30am before departing at 9am to kick off the charity ride. The first stop will be at the Peachester Café Bakery for coffee and the first raffle, followed by a $15 lunch at the Dag Pub. Participants will then depart for the Bribie Island Hotel for the final leg, where a $25 dinner will be served. The hotel will also be the venue for auctions, multi-draw raffles and the drawing of the major raffle, which is kindly donated by Hervey Bay Tourist Centre & Hervey Bay Discovery Park.  

The major raffle prize includes a Whale Watch Half Day Tour for two adults along with a two-night stay in a Deluxe Safari Tent with Discovery Parks, Hervey Bay for first prize and a $50 gift card for second prize. Tickets for the raffle will be available for purchase on the day.

  • The very first Ride for Red in 2017 had 27 bikes and six cars participating, raising just over $1600.

  • In 2020, 69 bikes and 10 cars helped raise $9010.

  • Last year (2022), 50 bikes including cruisers, sports bikes, adventure bikes and trikes, along with 10 cars of supporters raised $8000.


The event saw riders travel from as far as Ayer, Bundaberg and Sydney, with supporters ranging in age from 13 to 78-years-old. 

“The Ride for Red is a fun day and the best way to remember a great mate and raise funds to hopefully find a cure for cancer,” organiser Gary Blake said. “Everyone has been touched by this horrendous illness and what better way to help than to jump on your bike, go for a ride, buy some raffle tickets and have fun.

“Last year we received such positive feedback regarding the comradery and diversity of people and bikes, we are so grateful to be able to help contribute to such a good cause.”

There is no registration fee. All you need to do is meet at the Big Fish at 8.30am on September 30, receive your red ribbon and set off for a fun day. You can buy a few raffle tickets throughout the day and later on join in the fun at the Bribie Island Hotel for raffles, auctions, dinner and music.  

For more information about this year’s Ride for Red, contact Gary Blake on 0407 570 651 or visit the Facebook page ‘Seventh Annual Memorial Ride For Red’.

Donations are also accepted on the Do It For Cancer website at www.doitforcancer.com.au/fundraisers/helenweir/2023-ride-for-red

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