Hitting the road for the kids

Local motorcycle club the Guardians of Innocence are putting their money where their wheels are to support kids at PMH.

The group recently held a special Charity Ride to fundraise for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation on November 5, raising an incredible $5773 in the name of supporting WA children cared for at PMH and the soon-to-be Perth Children’s Hospital.

The generosity of Perth’s motorcycle community was on full display with more than 100 bikes turning out in 37 degree heat for the family-friendly ride from Midland to the Kewdale Tavern.

Our mascot Stitches the Bear even got in on the fun, enjoying a sit on the back of a Harley!

Club member, Danny Gribbin explains the Guardians of Innocence are a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who are passionate about fundraising for children through Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

We are a group of bikers who just want to help put a smile on kids’ faces.

“Whether that’s through visiting children in hospital and taking them for a ride on a bike, or just showing up and offering our support,” Danny said.

Stitches on Harley

Stitches even got to sit on a Harley!

“You would be amazed at the smiles you get from kids just from a wave whilst sitting at traffic lights beside a car.”
Danny said they chose to support the Foundation knowing all funds raised will go directly to supporting WA children.

“That is what we are all about: helping kids. My son spent many weeks and years thereafter in the Burns Unit under the care of the incredible Dr Fiona Wood and staff after burning his hands back in 1998 as a child, so it’s a personal cause for me,” Danny said.

The group found it easy and straightforward to fundraise.

“As we have been involved in other organisations raising money for charities, we decided that we did not want to be involved in any handling of cash or monies. What the Foundation provides is an easy and transparent way to raise money. Having an online Everyday Hero account makes it easy to have people donate direct to you and they know we won’t be handling any money,” Danny said.

“The Foundation was also able to help us with donation tins, flyers, pins and a special visit from Stitches. And all this helped create a great community atmosphere that encouraged people to donate to a worthy cause.”

Danny had some wise words of wisdom for others considering organising their own community fundraising event.

“We would advise anyone who is looking to help children to most definitely look to the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation,” he said.

“It is easy to start up and the help we received from the Foundation crew has been magnificent. We can’t wait to do this again as we plan on making our ride an annual event.”

Stitches with the Guardians of Innocence at the fundraising ride.

Stitches with the Guardians of Innocence at the fundraising ride.

Congratulations to the Guardians of Innocence on their fabulous fundraiser! We look forward to being involved in this terrific community fundraiser again next year too.

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