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Call for Hunter motorbike riders to Ride for the Stars


A group of Newcastle motorcyclists is calling for others to join them on a three-day odyssey next month to raise funds for mentoring and scholarships for local disadvantaged kids.

The seven Ride for the Stars participants are setting out from the Hunter on Friday October 14.

From there, they’ll venture to Uralla and North Haven, before returning to Newcastle on Sunday October 16.

And, all proceeds from Ride for the Stars will go towards the Grow a Star program, coordinated by community housing provider Home in Place.

Event organiser and Home in Place community and events manager Michelle Faithfull said the ride – along the winding roads of the Hunter, New England and Mid-North Coast – promised to be a scenic and rewarding adventure.

“Those involved will be riding with fellow motorbike enthusiasts while making a difference to the lives of local young people,” she explained.

“Grow a Star scholarships help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds overcome the financial or generational obstacles that prevent them from following their dreams.”

One rider tackling the challenge is Michael Nolan.

The Hamilton North resident works for Home in Place as a project manager.

He’s been riding motorbikes for 45 years and will hop onboard his Harley Davidson Road King.

“I hear the stories of how much of a difference the scholarships make to young people and their parents,” Mr Nolan said.

“There are talented young people who don’t get to realise their dreams in the arts, school or sport because they can’t afford lessons or equipment.

“I get to enjoy my passion – go on a wonderful weekend ride on the Harley – and help make a difference to a young person’s life.

“Why wouldn’t you sign up for that?”

Participants need to have a P2 or full licence along with a registered and insured motorbike.

They must be willing to raise a minimum of $500.

To participate or sponsor a rider, visit

For more information email [email protected].

Since it was established in 2012, the Grow a Star program has provided more than 500 scholarships to young people, not just Home in Place tenants, but in the Hunter, Central Coast, Central West and Far West regions of NSW and in South-East Queensland.

To find out more about the program or applying for, or sponsoring, scholarships, visit

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