Rock on for fundrais­ing ride

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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

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d423993

Damian Wil­liams has his hands full pre­par­ing for this year’s Rock ‘n’ Ride.

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