FALCON man Scott Norris will ride his KTM Enduro from Perth to Noosa, raising money in the process for childhood cancer and Telethon Adventurers.
Joining him will be friends Andrew Robbins, Troy Morrison, Seamus Flynn and Chris Statton.
Matthew Saw and Troy Wormald will make up the support crew.
The friends were inspired to make the crossing after watching Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s Long Way Round documentary and decided to combine their love of travel with a good cause.
The Long Way Across was born.
Scott has two children, Tom (6) and Meg (4), and said most of the team had friends or family affected by cancer.
“To see young children battling, it brings on emotions ranging the full scale,” he said.
“The really positive thing is that some kids survive cancer and the treatment regime and I think it would be awesome to see the numbers of survivors grow.
“People’s reactions are awesome and fully supportive – many folks dig straight into their pockets on the spot, which is great because every dollar helps. But we are also chasing the ‘big money’ end of town and this has been the biggest challenge.
“Refreshingly, the small to medium sized businesses contribute what they can – Mandurah City Yamaha and KTM Motorcycles have been really helpful and supportive.”
The group hopes to raise $150,000 or more for the Telethon Adventurers Fund.
Media proprietor Kerry Stokes will match what they raise dollar-for-dollar and together they will travel 5500km.
Telethon Adventurers raised $1 million in 2010 and aim to double that figure this year with funds raised going to Princess Margaret Hospital and the Telethon Institute for Child Research.
For more information or to make a donation, visit the websites www.thelongwayacross.com or www.theadventurers.com.au.
Telethon Adventurers will host cocktails and canapes with the Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort.
Tickets are $500 each and available at www.luxevents.com.au.