Daft Way Up MAG and Macmillan fundraiser 1st – 7th April
The initial idea for this fundraiser came about after Leeds MAG had hosted a talk by Nathan Millward, who’d ridden a Honda postie bike from Australia to the UK.
“We should do something daft like that!” We said…..and if we do we should raise some funds for MAG. Last year the MAG family lost Ian Williamson to cancer, so Macmillan cancer care was added to the beneficiaries of the ride.
After batting a few ideas around we decided on Lands End to John O Groats and instead of one type of bike, we said inappropriate motorcycles should be ridden. Basically, if the bike you chose to ride was inappropriate for a trip of 1000 miles, that would do!
We decided to self fund the ride so the two causes would benefit from all the money raised, this meant that each rider paid out of their own pocket for an inappropriate motorcycle, all fuel, accommodation, and holiday time to complete the trip.
We were amazed at the response from interested MAG members and finally ended up with 17 riders, 2 support drivers a cameraman and a fixer (to sort out all the odds and ends for everyone)
We set the start date for 1st April (when else?) and planned everything from that.
Due to time restrictions (getting time off work) we planned to get the bikes from home to Lands End and from John O Groats to home at the end in hire vans.
At the time of writing this we’ve very nearly hit our target of £5000 to be split between MAG and Macmillan and to ensure we do I’ve decided to raffle off my magnificent 2002 C90 and donate all the profit, after costs to the fund. There will be just 500 tickets at £10 each and you could win an appreciating classic – if you don’t win you can feel content that you’ve helped to support our endeavours and have donated a fiver to MAG and a fiver to Macmillan cancer care. Tickets are available at http://leeds.mag-uk.org/shop/