RARING TO GO: Ben Thompson is heading off on the Great Australian Ride to raise money for Kids and Sids Queensland.
RARING TO GO: Ben Thompson is heading off on the Great Australian Ride to raise money for Kids and Sids Queensland. Alistair Brightman

Riding desert dunes to raise dollars

BEN Thompson will soon be clocking up the kilometres on the Great Australian Ride across the continent to help children.

Travelling on his Suzuki DR650 packed with more than 20 kilograms of gear, he will set off from Australia's most easterly point of Byron Bay on August 8 and head to Steep Point in Western Australia.

The Nikenbah man has already raised the $2000 compulsory donation for Sids and Kids Queensland and now hopes to raise more for the charity.

Mr Thompson can't wait for the sights and differing terrain when he joins 10 others on the 7500 kilometre trek.

"I am most looking forward to crossing the Simpson Desert," he said. "It's a great cause and I hope to raise more money."

To donate visit www.thegreataustralianride.com