Shifting Gears - John Stockwell's Ride for Parkinson's

Think of a passion you have –  something you would do every day if you could.

Now imagine your body starting to work against you, threatening to stop you in your tracks, preventing you from pursuing such a dream. This is the challenge that has confronted John Stockwell each day since he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

An avid motorcycle enthusiast, he noticed the condition affecting his gear-changing foot and he realised he had no time to lose. So John decided to embark on, potentially, his last great ride: to raise money, awareness and the spirits of those who share his plight.

“I have no idea how long it will take to make this journey,
but I know I have to make the most of the time I have.”

Beginning in Adelaide on 16th February 2014 on his ST2 Ducati, John will head east to attend the World Super Bike meeting on Philip Island before continuing on a round Australia odyssey. His inspiring journey will take him up the east coast and around to Darwin; across the Great Northern Highway to Broome before heading south to Perth and Albany; then onto Kalgoorlie; over the Nullabor to Streaky Bay and Port Lincoln; up to Port Augusta. And that is just the first lap.

He then plans to ride to Broken Hill, Cobar and onto Roma in Queensland; then Toowoomba, Tamworth, Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst; through to Canberra, over the Snowy Mountains; across country Victoria to Swan Hill, Mildura and finish the ride in Adelaide.

But he needs your support.

John’s fundraising target of $15,000 aims to lighten the load of those with Parkinson’s, their carers and their families. His goal however is more than just fundraising, it’s also
awareness raising as he strives to help shift the perceptions of this mysterious disease.

Here is an article about John's 2015 activities - the next stage in the journey

For more information contact John Stockwell on 0419 916 996