READY TO RIDE: Stuart Ball is preparing for the Great Australian Bike Ride to raise money for SIDS and Kids. He has already raised $50,000 for charities and hopes to raise more.
READY TO RIDE: Stuart Ball is preparing for the Great Australian Bike Ride to raise money for SIDS and Kids. He has already raised $50,000 for charities and hopes to raise more. Robyne Cuerel

Making a difference

A MARYBOROUGH man will combine his love of motorbikes and his urge to make a positive difference by riding across Australia.

Stuart Ball and 10 other riders from throughout the world will ride to raise money to fight sudden infant death syndrome.

The group will leave the most easterly point of Australia, Cape Byron, on August 18 and hope to arrive in Perth on September 8.

The convoy will travel across the middle of the country spine of the nation through the Simpson Desert.

The group hopes to raise $40,000 for charity and already has raised about $20,000.

"We're going to use off-road bikes because most of the tracks will be off-road," Mr Ball said.

Mr Ball did a solo ride in 2011 and raised more than $5000 for the Brisbane Children's Hospital.

Since then he's raised more than $50,000 for various charities.

Each rider must raise a minimum of $2000 to take part in the journey.

Mr Ball has been riding motorbikes since he was 16.

In 2002 his daughter Gabrielle was born two months premature and the experience changed his attitude to life.

"I went through a reality check and got sick of the material stuff," he said.

"Everything became very easy and I realised the simple things in life.

"I've never met a lot of the guys... but they all have so much passion and enthusiasm for it," he said.

Great australian bike ride

When: August 18

Why: Raise fund for SIDS and Kids august 18



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