A Manly local area police commander, Supt David Darcy, took on an epic challenge last year, riding over 22,000KM from London all the way down to Sydney on his motorbike.
His goal: To help fund research by raising $20,000 for the ACRF.
David and fellow motor cycling enthusiast Darren Higginson left London on July 1, reaching Sydney four months later after experiencing a once-in-a-life-time journey.
David told us, “Both Darren and I have a number of close relatives and friends who have had their lives either affected or cut short by various forms of cancer and we would like to help this worthy cause.”
Their journey started in the UK and continued through Europe into Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and then into China.
From there they travelled through the Himalayan foothills, taking a right at Mt Everest into Nepal. Although they couldn’t travel through Burma, they were able into fly to Bangkok and ride through the Malayan Peninsula and into Indonesia.
They then caught a plane to Darwin and began the last leg of their journey through the Simpson Desert and into Sydney.
“I was actually a bit daunted by the trip in the beginning. I’d done some big trips on my bike before but really nothing like this!” said David.
Three days after David and Darren’s return, they held a small celebration for the conclusion of the trip at The Corso in Manly where the Mayor of Manly, Jean Hay, attended.
David has now moved onto the second phase of his fundraising challenge. Having documented his four month journey on camera, David has created an adventure/travel film out of the footage.
David and Darren’s amateur film will be premiering at Manly Cinema’s Charity Film Night, hosted by the Manly Chamber of Commerce, on the 1st May 2013. All proceeds from ticket sales will be funding research with the power to beat cancer.
David is currently hosting a number of speech nights leading up to his film launch, talking about his journey from London to Sydney and sharing his story behind why he chose to take on such an epic challenge.
We’d like to thank David and Darren for the amazing effort they have gone to, to help raise funds for world-class cancer research.
We wish him the very best at his film’s launch.