15 May 2008 RIDE FOR DANIEL CHANGES ROUTE
The fourth annual Ride for Daniel being held on the Sunday of the Queen's Birthday long weekend, Sunday 8 June 2008, has changed route.
In previous years the ride went through population-dense areas such as the Ginger Factory and Coolum Beach. This year, due to the thousands of riders that are expected to take part again, the Police, Main Roads and the Ride for Daniel Committee unanimously agreed that spectator and other road-users' safety was a big concern and needed to be addressed.
"The Ride has gained in numbers and popularity year upon year, last year nearly 5,000 bikes took part making it the largest and loudest annual ride in Australia," Bruce Morcombe said. "This year we are expecting similar, probably more, rider numbers than last year.
"We're sorry not to go through the Ginger Factory area and Coolum Beach as last year so many people came out in force waving and supporting us but spectator safety is paramount. We also want to minimise any inconvenience to other road users therefore the Ride this year takes a scenic hinterland route from Nambour to Yandina to Cooroy before returning south along the Bruce Highway," Bruce said.
The 110km ride will still commence at 10am from the Big Pineapple (rider registration from 7am) and finish around noon at the Ettamogah Pub.
The non-riding general public is invited to view the ride convoy from various points along the route.
The Big Pineapple, Currie Street Nambour, Farrell Street Yandina and the Ettamogah Pub will be the best places for spectators to cheer on the procession of chrome and leather. Wave a Daniel Morcombe Foundation flag (available for $2 from Subway Nambour and Cooroy) or dress in red, you'll remember the collective thunderous roar of the bikes forever.
The Ride for Daniel raises funds for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation that was set up by Bruce and Denise Morcombe, parents of missing Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe who has not been seen since 7 December 2003. Last year the Ride for Daniel raised an astounding figure of $50,000 that was directly used to financially benefit and assist other child victims of crime and to educate children about personal safety.
Downloadable: '2008 Ride for Daniel Route'
28 March 2008 VALUABLE RAFFLE PRIZES TO BE WON
The prizes to be won after the Ride for Daniel on Sunday 8 June have just been announced and they're already proving to be a hot ticket item.
First prize is an entire pallet of Crown Lager - that's 60 thirst-quenching cartons. The Ettamogah Pub donated the first prize and just like last year it's by far the most popular raffle prize in town. Pub Manager Peter Raymond said people from all over Australia are buying tickets.
"The pallet is on display inside the Pub, it's a real draw card and a popular spot for people taking photos of themselves standing next to it," Peter said.
Second prize is a framed Sylvester Stallone 'Rambo' signed photograph that comes with a certificate of authenticity. Bruce Morcombe, father of missing teenager Daniel Morcombe, is very proud of this piece of memorabilia.
"The photograph of Sylvester is signed by the man him himself. It's priceless and every time I look at it I'm in awe. It shows him in his famous tough 'Rambo' character and it will increase in value year upon year. Whoever wins this will be very very lucky," Bruce said.
Third prize is a framed and signed Brett Stevens Racing cap and shirt. The Morcombe family recently met Brett and his wife Kath, who command the largest motorsport team in the country, and they offered to place 'Daniel' stickers on all their bikes and cars at the Nationals meet held at Willowbank Raceway.
"When we met Brett and Kath they graciously signed the cap and shirt for us. They made us feel very welcome and whoever wins this prize will have a great piece of drag racing sporting memorabilia to call their own," Bruce said.
In addition to the raffle prizes there will be special prizes awarded on the day to the best-dressed bike and best-dressed novelty red rider.
Anna Grosskreutz, Sunshine Coast Regional Councillor for Division 1 and Ride for Daniel founder, said these prizes raise vital funds for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
"This is our fourth Ride for Daniel and the monies raised so far exceed $100,000. These funds help promote education about child safety, which is a passion of mine that I'm committed to, through the work of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
"I'm a keen Harley Davidson rider and four years ago I joined forces with two of my buddies to organise and raise funds through a charity ride. We expected about 100 bikes and got 3000 - it took us by surprise to say the least!
"The Ride for Daniel committee now has 15 dedicated members who co-ordinate the event. With the help of the committee the Ride has grown in popularity and last year nearly 5000 bikes took part - we roared through the Sunshine Coast and sent a loud and clear message about child abuse," Anna said.
Tickets for the raffle prizes are available at the Ettamogah Pub for $2 each. The raffle will be drawn at the Ettamogah Pub after-party following the ride on 8 June 2008.
Graphic to the right: Ride for Daniel Committee Members Bruce Morcombe, Anna Grosskreutz and Peter Raymond with the first prize pallet of Crown Lager.
On the Sunday of the Queen's Birthday long weekend, Sunday 8 June 2008, all motorcyclists and motorbike enthusiasts are invited to participate in Australia's premier motorcycle event, the 'Ride for Daniel' fundraising appeal, to be held on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Daniel Morcombe is missing, feared abducted and murdered. He disappeared on 7 December, 2003 while waiting to catch a bus. He was last seen on Nambour-Connection Road under the Kiel Mountain Road overpass, approximately 2km north of the Big Pineapple on the Sunshine Coast.
The disappearance of Daniel was the catalyst for local motorcyclists and clubs to ride together as a united statement against child abuse and raise awareness of the need to keep all children safe from predators and other harm.
2008 will be the fourth Ride for Daniel, a ride that has been increasing in numbers and popularity each year. In 2007 nearly 5,000 bikes took part, making it the largest and loudest annual ride in Australia. The sight and sound of these riders sent a loud and clear anti-child abuse message.
"We are immensely proud, and frankly quite humbled by all the bikers who take part in the Ride for Daniel year after year. They send a strong and potent message that child abuse will not be tolerated - never ever. Every day Denise and I, and our sons Dean and Bradley, think about Daniel. It's time for him to be found and this event brings us one step closer to a resolution," Daniel's dad, Bruce said.
The 110km ride will leave at 10am (assemble from 7am) from the Big Pineapple carpark heading north past Daniel's Memorial then along Howard Street Nambour, which is an excellent viewing point for spectators. From Nambour the ride goes through scenic hinterland terrain from Yandina to Cooroy then returning south to finish at one of Australia's greatest icons, the Ettamogah Pub. The bikers are expected to complete the Ride by noon followed by an afternoon of camaraderie and fun of an after-party which includes a live band.
The non-riding general public can lend support to this event by becoming spectators and cheering on the anticipated 20km procession of chrome and leather. Wave a flag, dress in red, cheer on the bikers who will be a sight to behold. Their collective thunderous rumble will make an impression that will live with you forever.
The cost to participate in this extraordinary event is $10 with a commemorative patch included. Funds raised will be donated to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation whose valuable work includes; direct assistance in educating children regarding their personal safety with over 8,000 DVD's distributed FREE of charge, financial assistance for victims of crime with counseling and schooling requirements, sponsorship of the Laurel House Educational Puppet Show in schools and the current development of a world class online child safety education program.
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