In May 2019 Matthew Mallison was diagnosed with Stage 4 laryngeal cancer, in two nodes.
Fast forward two months Matthew is out of the hospital and getting ready for radiation treatments, 33 low-dose treatments! During this time he started interacting with other regulars with different types of cancer in the same place and situation. This got him thinking – how can I help others while at the same time giving himself a purpose?
Matthew then decided he could raise some money that could be used for equipment or anything else that helps with treatment. So he set up a charity ride using offroad UTV Buggies riding a charity ride to raise a little money, have a bit of fun, and catch up with mates. An amazing effort with proceeds raised doubling each year.
In the first year, he set a date, charged a fee, and got some sponsorship. He was also joined by his surgeon. When the event there was over $6,000 in the bank and the event was declared a roaring success by all that participated,
In year two he improved the format, added more sponsors and participants, and chose a different track. The event was again a big success and the proceeds more than doubled to $20,000.
Year three saw even more improvements with the addition of live music on both Saturday and Friday nights, plus two days of riding. Doubled again at $40,000 raised.
The charity ride has slowly increased to 160 people and 89 machines of all makes and models, covering a distance of 126kms. Friday nights are the meet-and-greet get-together. Saturday morning, everyone is up bright and early (some nursing sore heads, most not) for a hearty breakfast of fresh bacon and egg rolls and a quick rundown on the day ahead. Then time to roll out to our destination, wet and muddy, with lots of laughs and sideways action!
Year four, and the event is booked out!
I’m only one person but there’s lots of help and plenty fun. I may be missing some parts but I can still get on with living the more I do the less I think about what
Life is for living, get on with it, have fun, give a little back and enjoy.