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Motorbike ride to raise awareness

Wednesday, 30th April, 2014

Ken and Glenda Lovegrove are on a 16,000 kilometre motorbike trip around the country to promote the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Ken and Glenda Lovegrove are on a 16,000 kilometre motorbike trip around the country to promote the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

By Erica Visser

Picture a dentist pulling your aching tooth out while you’re seated across from an outback pub and patrons are cheering you on.

According to the Motorcycle Accident Rehabilitation Initiative’s Ken Lovegrove, that was the reality for “a mate” who lived between Bourke and Louth.

The scenario was what drove Mr Lovegrove to lead a 16,000 kilometre motorcycle ride around the country in 50 days.

The “Dr Wings Bike Force Tour” aims to raise money for a new program, where motorcyclists recovering from serious injuries are helped by volunteers until they’re back on their feet.

But the bike force also hopes to highlight the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and educate people living in metro areas on the importance of the organisation.

“People living on the eastern seaboard don’t realise that as soon as you’re past Dubbo, you’re a shot duck,” Mr Lovegrove said.

“We need to be helping out the RFDS because it covers such a huge amount of land.”

Mr Lovegrove and eight fellow riders were given a tour of the local RFDS base yesterday.

They were joined by Mayor Wincen Cuy, who lent his support to the cause.

“There’s only one female rider and that’s my missus, Glenda,” he said.

In fact, Mrs Lovegrove is a former off-road racer.

The bikers have already stopped in Albert, Nyngan and Cobar and will leave for Port Augusta tomorrow before making their way to Darwin.

For more information on the ride, visit www.drwings.com.au

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