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AL’s RIDE 2015 – A letter from us

Hello to all who rode, drove, helped out with, donated and got involved with Al’s Ride, 2015.

On Thursday the 4th of June, 2015, myself, Dave Cooke from the Motorcycle Alliance, Mathew Ryan our website designer and technical guru and representative from our major sponsor, Police Bank met with our charities to present cheques from our fundraising.

Thanks to each and everyone who took part in AL’s RIDE 2015 we have been able to donate a total of $16,283-02 for which the AL’s RIDE team plus our charities wish to express a heartfelt thank you.

A special thanks to my big brother Chris and those near to him. Chris turned 60 the week after our AL’s RIDE 2015 event and requested all party goers donate to AL’s RIDE in lieu of offering presents. This generosity raised a substantial amount towards our total.

Our donations fund research to find a cure for and better manage the care of children affected by brain cancer. Our donations also provide counselling and support to our youth and their families who suffer serious illness, injury and loss.

This is a worthwhile cause, feed-back tells us that the rides are pretty right (yes, we will continue to fine tune these) and we need to work on getting merchandise out earlier and making the evening event better.

For next year’s event we plan to launch at the beginning of October, have all or most routes and planning set in place as well as having merchandise available to be sent out as soon as we get your registration. If you have any comments or suggestion which may assist to improve this event, email us through our website.

Yours sincerely

Keith Ryan.

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An Extract From Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s Monthly Publication – The Crane

Marcella’s Moments

Our Ambassador Marcella Zemanek has been busy this month, from donning leathers and joining a motorbike ride to an International Women’s Day evening in Taree.

I have attended two amazing events this month. Firstly I was invited to Al’s Ride in Bathurst. Al was the 9 year old grandson of Keith Ryan who sadly lost his battle with brain cancer and each year Keith holds Al’s Ride to raise money for research.

While I was excited at the prospect of riding pillion passenger on a motor cycle through the city of Bathurst and up Conrod Straight, I was literally shaking on the inside wondering why I had agreed to do it! The good news is that I had an absolutely fabulous time. Steve my motorbike companion was superb, and thanks to Charlie Teo, I was decked out to look like a complete bikie chick in helmet, leather jacket and leather gloves.

The Ride was amazing and I met the most fantastic people. Keith’s brother Chris and his lovely wife Kate very kindly took care of me over the course of the weekend, and Keith’s nephew Matthew and his dear wife Amy won me as an auction prize for breakfast the next day.

Definitely a first for me: a bike ride up Conrod Straight at Bathurst and being auctioned off as a prize!

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AL’s RIDE 2015: The Result

Saturday the 28th of February, 2015, brought us brilliant weather, great roads and saw a total of 27 cars and 98 motorcycles come to Bathurst to take part in and celebrate Al’s Ride.

98 motorcycles were registered, however being a part of this group leaving the Tourist Information Centre then watching video footage made it look like many more.

We just need to pay the last of our accounts then calculate all our income including amounts donated directly to our charities to calculate the amount we have raised this year.

Of special note, my brother, Chris celebrated his 60th birthday on the Saturday after Al’s Ride with several hundred guests attending a great fancy dress party.  Chris’s request was, not to bring gifts, but donate to our Al’s Ride charities.  This will bolster fundraising which we will publish in coming weeks.

Back to Al’s Ride. Our charities were very capably showcased with their origins and visions explained by Marcella Zemanek representing Cure Brain Cancer and Sonja Malcolm representing Cure Our Kids.

Special thanks to all who got their machines out and rode or drove.  Many thanks to the NSW Motorcycle Alliance who allow this event to be possible, with Dave Cooke and all the staff truly great to work with.  My nephew Mathew Ryan puts in a huge amount of time and effort working on our technical and computer systems.  Mat’s wife Amy and my wife Christine put up with our attention and efforts being utilised elsewhere for months leading up to this. Daughter Emma and son-in-law Marc Hair put a great deal of effort into the Show & Shine event.  Greg Burke, Bob Cooke, Matthew Drakefield and Dwayne Halpin ably assisted by leading rides and cruises.  Steve Carnaby did a great job as Master Of Ceremonies.  I could add pages naming everybody who helped and still miss one or two, suffice to say, to all those who gave up their time, donated their money and products to make this a great event, many thanks.

Our biggest distance travellers this year were Dave Krueger, Brett Morgan, Damien Hopkins, Peter Lee and Ben Morgan from Toowoomba and district in Queensland.

Please remember and support our sponsors PoliceBank, Harvey Norman Moore Park Supacentre, Continental Tyres, Motorcycle Accessory Supermarket, IGA Supermarkets, Panorama Hotel/Motel at Bathurst and GC AutoPro at Bathurst.

At The Event

The Raffles:

Drawn by Wendy from PoliceBank

1st Prize of $500 Harvey Norman voucher – Garry Baker of Milton, NSW.

2nd Prize of a Pair of Continental Motorcycle Tyres – Peter Hamer of Ultimo, NSW.

3rd Prize of $300 IGA Supermarket voucher – Brett Morgan of Rangeville, Qld.

The Auctions:

(In order auctioned)

More great work by Don Malcolm & Matthew Drakefield

Item Highest Bidder Bid
Scented Candle Pack Matthew Drakefield $200
Elf Oil Bundle Keith Ryan $125
Mosaic Table & Chairs Sheryl Boyd $750
Signed Tom Sykes 2013 World Superbike Champion helmet Gary Chorley $800
Breakfast with Marcella Zemanek Mat & Amy Ryan $300

Show’n’Shine Winners:

Best Holden/GM – Chris Reece – 1972 Holden SS


Best Ford – Alan Hair – 1968 Mustang


Best Other American – Don & Sonja Malcolm – 1970 Dodge Challenger


Best Asian – Ian Grainger – 1992 Holden Rodeo (Extremely neatly built and powered by an LS1 Chev)


Best European – Mat Ryan – 2008 Volkswagen .:R32


Event Photos

Don’t Forget that there is a huge number of photos from all parts of the day, so head over to our website and check them out.

For all of the latest details on AL’s RIDE please keep an eye out on our website and our Facebook page. You can find links to both at the bottom of this email.

Keith RYAN

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Breakfast with Marcella Zemanek to feature as AL’s RIDE 2015 Auction Item

As many of you who attended last year’s event will be aware, we hold a charity auction as a part of the formalities at our evening function. This year, one of the items to be auctioned is a brunch on Sunday the 1st of March (That’s the day after the ride) with Cure Brain Cancer Director and Ambassador, Marcella Zemanek. Below is a brief summary of Marcella’s many achievements. For the lucky (or deep pocketed) winner of this auction, the opportunity will prove to be a fascinating and insightful look into Marcella’s life!

Marcella has an extensive media career having spent 30 years as a respected radio producer.

Her career has included working with Australia’s top rating national radio shows hosted by John Laws, Alan Jones, Brian Bury and John Stanley. She also enjoyed working on her late husband Stan Zemanek’s night time program, contributing theatre and film reviews.

Marcella spent five years in the United States with Stan where she was involved in broadcasting news and sport back to Australia and New Zealand and working on The Producers, which involved organising interviews with international talent including Jane Fonda, Michael Caine, Anthony Newley and Sylvester Stallone.

Marcella has been a Director and Ambassador of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation for the past seven years.

In her role as Ambassador for the Foundation, Marcella has spoken to many patients and their families and now realises how important their story is for the creative acceleration of treatments for brain cancer.

Marcella’s husband Stan Zemanek was diagnosed with a GBM Grade IV in May 2006; he lost the battle in July 2007. Since his passing Marcella has been on a crusade to support patient advocacy, and to support the global collaborative attack on brain cancer.

Seven years ago Marcella had a dream even though it was a tall order, to address the grim outlook for patients diagnosed with brain cancer. Today she is just as motivated as ever to help co-ordinate this outcome.

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Bureau Of Meteorology, Bathurst forecast for Saturday 28 February is:-

Party Cloudy 15to 33 degrees

No rain forecast.

Keep those fingers crossed

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Two Weeks until AL’s RIDE 2015

Hi Everyone,

There is only two more weeks until AL’s RIDE 2015. So far we have almost 100 of you coming to support our cause, but we know there is more of you waiting in the wings. As we have advertised if you get register online anywhere up until midnight on the 27th of February, your registration will cost $55, however if you choose to register on the day, registration will cost $65. This covers the additional administrative requirements of processing the registration, supports our charities, and encourages you to register early.

Head to the registration page and complete your registration now!

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Making the headlines in The Western Advocate

We are making a difference, The Western Advocate, Bathurst’s local paper has this story, just follow this link.

http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/2879646/theyll-be-riding-for-the-sick-kids/?cs=119i Guys,


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Bureau Of Meteorology Forecast

Hello everyone,  I spoke with the weather forecasters at the Sydney office of the Bureau Of Meteorology this morning.  Unfortunately all crystal balls were away being serviced, polished or otherwise unavailable HOWEVER the official prediction for the remainder of February is, and I quote, “Tending to be dry”

Not as accurate as the piece of string on the fence, which I have been reliably told is currently dry and limp, yet promising none the less.

REMEMBER: If you want to have your official AL’s Ride T shirt, Polo shirt,  Dress Shirt, Cap or Bucket Hat made and delivered to you prior to Al’s Ride you need to register to get a T shirt with your registration of order through our merchandise page before midnight tomorrow night (10 February) so that we can have them made and delivered.

WE WILL: Continue to accept registrations up to the day of the event, obviously, the more notice that we have the better we can organise ourselves, catering, ride stickers and the like to make this event just that little bit better

WE WILL: Continue to take merchandise orders after the 10th of February, but not be able to get shirts, caps and hat to you until after the event.

WE HAVE: Already sold many candles, which have been donated by my darling wife, Al’s Nana.  There are limited numbers left which can be ordered before or at the event.


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Hi, found a website today www.pinky.com.au Don’t know he history behind the name but they have links to all manner of car and motorcycle shows, displays and events.  They have added a link to Al’s Ride which is great.  If you have any mount of 2 or 4 wheeled petrol running through your veins, check the site out.

Cheers, Keith.

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Merchandise Availability

Hi everyone,

As you my or my not be aware, we are a fledgling event with our policy of supplying quality merchandise as ordered.   We are not in a position to purchase a large stock of clothing and other merchandise which my or my not be sold with excess stock o be stored etc .  We believe this policy maintains our integrity and adds to the exclusiveness of being able to have a product which will not be duplicated or sold at subsequent events at a bargain price to clear old stock.

In consultation with our suppliers, we will only be able to guarantee delivery of items before the event if ordered on or before the 10th of February, 2015.

If there are sufficient orders after this date for clothing/merchandise we will place an additional order however there my be some upward variation in price due to increased costs involved with setting up for a smaller production run.

Being able to wear items produced exclusively for the event, at the event is a great feeling as is seeing and/or meeting up it others who have supported the event in months or years to come.

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