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Motorcyclist visits Gladstone during fundraising mission

LONG HAUL: Paul Brown rides his motorbike around Australia before heading to Russia and the UK where he will place his mother’s ashes.
LONG HAUL: Paul Brown rides his motorbike around Australia before heading to Russia and the UK where he will place his mother’s ashes. Tom Huntley GLABIKE

IT'S a long way, but 19,000 km is the length motorcyclist Paul Brown will go to get his message across to the world.

Mr Brown has created his own campaign called The Ride to Remember, to raise money and awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia.

The ride began in Brisbane, and will go to Rockhampton, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. From there his bike will be freighted to Vladivostok, Russia where he will travel overland to Bishop Auckland, in the UK.

He said the cause was close to his heart - his mother was diagnosed with dementia in 2004.

"The vibrant person she was, turned into someone I didn't recognise, unable to speak, walk or even feed herself," he said.

"With the funds raised going towards the research of dementia, hopefully we can find a cure or at the very least, slow down the effects of this disease.

Mr Brown and his bike were in Gladstone yesterday, and he said his future travels could be tracked on his website.

"The site includes up to the minute GPS tracking of our progress, videos and a Facebook link," he said.

Visit theridetoremember.com to donate, or phone 0402 079 476.

Topics:  alzheimer's, charity, dementia




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