Help to make a stand

Member Dave Shannon said the group formed a few months ago for those who enjoyed riding motorcycles and wanted to help raise awareness and fundraise for people in the community who had medical needs.

Last month they helped broadcaster Howard Sattler raise thousands of dollars for Fremantle teenager Curtis Hatton, who needed access to a hyperbaric chamber after a motorcycle accident.

Now the group has turned its attention to quadriplegic Dwayne Harvey in the hopes of giving him a better quality of life.

�I�ve been a friend of the family for years and have known him since before his medical problems,� Mr Shannon said.

�He was pronounced brain dead but his mother has been taking care of him and now he has all the same emotions as us. He laughs, cries, knows what�s going on and communicates using his eyes.

�Dwayne is at a stage where he can sit up and balance for a little on his own, so we�re hoping to raise money for a standing machine to help him have a better life and they�re about $20,000.�

Mr Shannon will be jumping on his bike and riding through to South Australia, hoping to enlist the help of other social motorcycle clubs along the way to help in the fundraising efforts.

�I believe it will work and I have to keep believing that and that our bike club will help anyone we can,� he said.

�All we can do is try. If people see us around on our bikes, we might look like the rough end of the town but give us a thumbs up or a wave and we�ll give a wave back.

�Not all people who ride motorcycles are bad.�

Donations for Dwayne Harvey can be sent to Margaret Harvey, BSB 633000, account number 153 978 317, Bendigo Bank.