Riding for his brother

Rob McLaughlin is riding his Harley Davidson around Australia to raise money for cancer research.
Rob McLaughlin is riding his Harley Davidson around Australia to raise money for cancer research. Sarah Harvey

AFTER experiencing the death of his father and brother through lung cancer, Kholo man Ron McLaughlin is planning to travel to the furthest points of Australia raising money for cancer research.

Mr McLaughlin will ride his Harley Davidson hog for the 17,000km journey which will take in some of the country's most scenic coastal and country landscapes.

He leaves in August and has given himself eight weeks to complete the trip.

Among the many places on his itinerary are Cooktown, Mt Isa, Darwin, Wyndham, Broome, southern Western Australia and the Great Ocean Rd.

But he is just as keen to get off the beaten track.

"I always had the idea to go around Australia.

"But it was my dealings with people who were going through cancer treatment, family and friends which got me motivated.

"The last one, my brother, passed away at Easter with cancer," he said.

The stress of losing his brother and father caused Mr McLaughin to become very sick and he realised he could not put off the trip any longer.

The keen biker has always had a passion for motorbikes, but he sold all of his collection aside from his beloved Harley.

He aims to raise $20,000 for the Queensland Institute of Medical Research for work on improving the treatments, prevention and diagnosis of cancers.

"I've already had so much support from friends and businesses, but every little bit helps, so all donations are welcome and will go directly to QIMR's cancer research program."

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Topics:  cancer research lung cancer

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