Rock on for fundraising ride
COMBINING his two loves, Damian Williams will tackle a 200km bike ride after a concert at the Railway Hotel in North Fremantle on August 30. Williams’ father and other relatives have battled cancer and that inspired him to organise a concert and a bike ride to raise money for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. The concert, called Rock’n’Ride, will feature his band Random Axe, plus Cool Hand Luke, Audio Time Machine and Katie Hardman, with 100 per cent of ticket sales donated to the institute. “We raised $60,000 last year and we are hoping to get the same – so far, we have about $25,000 raised,” he said. Williams has been playing the guitar since he was eight. “I have been in and out of bands since I was 16 – my current band plays covers,” he said “As I’m older now, we try to play songs that appeal to people in their 50s.” The ride, starting on October 18, will start at McCallum Park, down to Pinjarra and back. “It won’t be direct; we will kind of meander our way there and back,” Williams said. “It was my cousin who sparked an interest in cycling, he’s fanatical about it. “Unfortunately, he was diagnosed himself with cancer just before we did our first event last year.” His wife Karen will be on the support team for the riders. “It takes over his life, all the planning and organising for the events, but are very proud of him,” Mrs Williams said. “At the end of the ride, it is quite emotional as people who are survivors or who have cancer have a yellow flag on their bikes. “At the finish, it is just a sea of yellow crossing the line.” For more information, visit www.crackcycling.com
Damian Williams has his hands full preparing for this year’s Rock ‘n’ Ride.