A couple of years ago, after spending a few days volunteering with the marvellous people at Foodbank, I decided that rather than a traditional Toy Run, a “Festive Food Drop” was in order, because the scale of the problem of Hungry Australians staggered me.
The idea was simple, meet at a suitable point, fill your bikes luggage with cans of food, then enjoy a steady ride to the Foodbank Depot to drop off the food and enjoy a sausage sizzle.
The CEO of Foodbank was receptive to the idea, so I picked a date early in December and pulled together the first of what I hoped would become an Annual Event.
This was before the days of our shiny new Indian Dealership here in Perth, so with the help of Social Media and my mailing list, we were able to pull together a reasonable turn out, and ultimately we delivered a sizeable chunk of canned food, that would have made a real difference to hundreds of families that Christmas.
Fast forwarding to this year, and with the Flagship dealership now opened, I couldn’t wait to get the new team behind the concept.
The store team pulled together a route and used their extensive customer networks to ensure a simply huge turnout on the day. Keith did a marvellous job making it all happen and had roped in a couple of regulars to help run the ride….
The Food drop off point at the front of the shop was piled high with donated food, and the number of bikes and riders gathered to take part was very impressive, and for me, just a little bit moving.
Apart from a minor glitch with a power cut at Foodbank HQ the day and ride went without a hitch. For the first official “Shop Ride” this event was a huge success.
The absolute bottom line for this event was the 1000 extra meals that the riders and supporters were able to put into Foodbanks Hands.
Thanks Everyone. Brilliant Effort, lets hope we can do the same next year !!!!