John McGrath - The Long Ride Australia 2024

By John McGrath

I'm saving lives.

Thanks for visiting this page.

Every day, 70 Aussie men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. That’s why I’ve decided to become an agent of change by joining The Long Ride Australia 2024

I’ll be taking on the challenge of The Long Ride to support men and their families impacted by a prostate cancer diagnosis. From game-changing research to specialised mental and physical care, there is so much more we can, and must, do to save the lives of the men we love.

The Long Ride Australia 2024 will see me join the Brisbane contingent heading to Port Douglas via St George, Charleville, Longreach, Charters Towers and Atherton over 6 days and more than 3000 kms on my BMW R1250 GSA "Bumblebee". 

Please support the team that can save lives by making a tax-deductible donation to my ride campaign in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

My Updates

Huge Support from Coral Towers Apartments in Cairns

Sunday 10th Mar
As we all know the ride sees us finish up in Port Douglas. However that's not the trip over for our team who then have to hit the road for the trip back to the Gold Coast. To ensure we are rested up, Tony and Sandy of Coral Towers Apartments in Cairns, in addition to financial sponsorship already received, have donated  to our team, two nights accommodation in the resort. This means a lot to us and sets us up for the return ride. You can check out Coral Towers at https://coraltowers.com.au/
Huge thanks to Tony and Sandy for this.

Reset the Target

Thursday 7th Mar
As you can see we reached the $1000 in donations milestone.

That being the case I have bumped the target up to $1500 to maintain the momentum - reminds me a little of budgets in the Bank - seeing you got that we shall add some more :-)

Thanks again everyone - I'm running hard at this to make a difference.

Cracked the first milestone

Sunday 3rd Mar
A huge thank you again to all my supporters. Another donation today from a very good friend has seen us eclipse the initial fundraising target. 
Whilst I am absolutely thrilled with that, we won’t stop there. 
Please share the link with family,  friends and colleagues and let’s look to make a difference.
THANK YOU EVERYONE. 

This is what Day 1 shall look like

Friday 1st Mar

The 'Bumblebee' Specs

Friday 1st Mar
For all you "motor heads" 2021 BMW R1250 GS Adventure 40 Year Anniversary edition. Add-ons: Factory 719 Pack, BMW Nav 6 Unit, Akropovic exhaust, SW Motech adjustable shift lever, Touratech Bar Risers, QuadLock and Charger for Mobile, Frame hole covers, Brake resevoir protector, Side stand switch protector, Front axle slider, Final Drive protector, Touratech mirror extensions, Airflow seat cover, Battery Charge connector, Nelson Rigg tail pack, GS toolkit, Headlight protector, LoneRider Moto Pegs. The best adventure bike in the world - for going to Coffee Club :-) Reckon she'll make the ride.

Suncorp Legends

Friday 1st Mar
Just a huge shout out to the Suncorp crew who have jumped in to support me with this. 

You are making a difference and it’s encouraging me to go harder. 

THANK YOU

Here's some detail on the ride itself

Wednesday 21st Feb
https://longrideaustralia.au/brisbane-to-port-douglas

I'll be joined on the ride by my good mate Darryn (DJ) and we are supported by my lovely wife Di and DJ's wife Shaz in the back up vehicle
The countdown is on - now to get "match fit"

Thank you to my Sponsors

$105.50

Peter Fellows

Stay upright mate.

$52.75

Vicky Leary

Amazing decision! Be safe

$100

Sandra Priddey

$50

Leanne Collins

Great effort John, enjoy the ride!

$26.38

Mark Mattes

$26.38

Chris Kirk

$26.38

Craig Warfield

Have fun on the ride John. Good to see you're making good use of your time. :)

$116.05

Jayde Dang

Fantastic cause Mr McGrath. All the best!

$21.10

Geoff Sturt

All the best John.

$52

Anonymous

Good to see you still on the bike!! Best of luck for the ride.

$260

Tim VAIL

Well done John

$61.19

Bruce Rush

Good luck John!

$21

Wendy C

$20

Kerstie Olsson

Good luck John- such an important cause. Kind Regards Kerstie

$61.19

Adam Croft

great cause- hope you are well

$116.05

Arthur Spratt

You're a Champion Johnno, thanks for your kindness in supporting Men's health.

$52.75

Alec Crombie

A wonderful cause John M. Ride safe. :)

$52.75

Lee-Anne Chalker

Hey John, Such a worthy cause! I hope you are well and the ride is a lot of fun.

$58

Fenrir Racing

My Team Members

Chris and Gail Dunne (C)

Andy

Raised so far:

$513.35

Marilyn

Raised so far:

$344.29

ACT Long Riders

Raised so far:

$691.98

Darren Brown

Raised so far:

$625.00

The Long Ride Western Australia Group - Terrence Shaddick

Raised so far:

$261.64

Terence Peters

Raised so far:

$2,141.00

Peter Schilling

Raised so far:

$773.54

Antony Donaldson

Neil Carlile

Raised so far:

$183.57

Joshua Hampson

Raised so far:

$153.20

Ron Vriens

Raised so far:

$555.00

Darryl Palin

Raised so far:

$136.85

Bob Carmichael

Raised so far:

$473.80

Hunter Valley Long Riders

Raised so far:

$160.00

Bill Feneley

Raised so far:

$177.24

Gazza Fletcher

Raised so far:

$154.03

The Long Ride 2024

Raised so far:

$1,453.65

Mark Webb

Warwick Leven

Raised so far:

$168.57

Andrew Pearn

Raised so far:

$1,727.34

Janet/Chris Marsh/Gathercole

Raised so far:

$2,048.57

Steven Smyth

Michael Marshall

Raised so far:

$123.94

Simon Lovell

Raised so far:

$372.79

Bill Heyblom

The Long Ride Western Australia Group - Mark Taylor

Raised so far:

$593.42

David Mills

Raised so far:

$591.62

Rodney Wallace

Raised so far:

$2,343.73

Mike Doyle

Raised so far:

$738.55

Mark Reid

John McGrath

Raised so far:

$1,279.47

Greg Moores

Raised so far:

$10.55

Matt Jobson

Raised so far:

$105.50

Joe Molloy

Raised so far:

$580.17

Brian Harradine

Raised so far:

$585.76

Peter James

Raised so far:

$232.10

Paul Pascoe

Raised so far:

$61.19

Ian Hartshorn

Raised so far:

$1,034.55

Tony Brady

Raised so far:

$458.15

Peter Carpenter

Raised so far:

$1,335.39

Dirk Keesman

Raised so far:

$355.95

ADAM PHELAN

Raised so far:

$520.00

Darryn Jennings

David Robertson

Raised so far:

$444.39

Eric Close

Raised so far:

$61.19

Jillian & Kevin Jillian & Kevin