Ride is for son

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ar­ran Mor­ton

It was the un­timely death of his beloved son that inspired Ade­laide grand­fa­ther Norm Wat­son to travel the coun­try by bike to raise money for the Child­hood Can­cer As­so­ci­a­tion.

The 75-year-old for­mer civil engi­neer said the whole fam­ily had been dev­as­tated by the loss of his son Steven, who he de­scribed as “like his twin” and who shared his dad’s pas­sion for mo­tor­bikes.

Mr Wat­son said plans were al­ready un­der­way for the fundraiser when Steven died af­ter a heart at­tack 18 months ago.

He said he knew he must fol­lowthrough with his plan to travel the coun­try on his Honda NT700V Deauville, pass­ing through Man­durah and Rock­ing­ham on Satur­day.

“My son was my best mate and my rid­ing buddy,” Mr Wat­son said.

“His death was very hard to take; this is def­i­nitely for him.”

Mr Wat­son said he had lost a sis­ter in child­hood to can­cer and hoped to raise as much as he could for the Child­hood Can­cer As­so­ci­a­tion.

He said busi­nesses across the coun­try had been gen­er­ous in pro­vid­ing welcome par­ties and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Mr Wat­son set out from Port Au­gusta on Fri­day last week, trav­el­ling through Port Lin­coln and Streaky Bay be­fore rid­ing on to WA soil on Mon­day.

He will travel from Bus­sel­ton to Fre­man­tle on Satur­day on day nine of the five-week trip.

Visit www.nev­er­tooold.org.au to find out more.

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