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Sam Budden, Adrian Gardner and Warwick Bartley are just three of many who are doing what they can to support Camp Quality Newcastle.

The Hunter locals have been helping the charity since 2015 by participating in and organising the annual Motocyc 4 Kids fundraiser. 

It’s a three day event that calls on motorcyclists to ride from Heatherbrae to Port Macquarie and back to Newcastle while raising funds and awareness. 

If you love adventures, meeting new people and helping others, the trio believes the event is perfect for you. 

“I’m probably a tad bias, but I think it’s the best fundraising event you can be involved in,” Sam said. 

“It’s all about meeting new people – like minded individuals who have a passion to help those less fortunate and are doing it tough and you’re also part of the education process when we visit the schools with the Camp Quality puppeteers.

“It’s just an absolute blast from start to finish.”

This year the team’s goal is to raise $150,000. 

Adrian says it’s incredible knowing the funds you collect will have a big impact on the families the charity helps. 

“Camp Quality is underfunded, under-resourced and overworked but they always do it with a smile on their face,” he said. 

“There is no way to describe how much of a difference a little bit of effort gives back to them – they could do so much more with a little bit more.”

Warwick adds supporting the charity is why they all do it. 

“It’s totally the motivation and the drive and the reason why we all do it so it feels amazing knowing it helps,” he said. 

“I just love the fact that the event is supporting Camp Quality Newcastle and the families that are going through that unfortunate journey with their kids that are impacted by cancer.

“It just feels right – you are doing something that you love but it is also making a difference to families in the region.”

When it comes to the work Camp Quality does, they all delivered the highest praise. 

“The stories you hear from the kids and families who are impacted, what they go through and how they benefit from the tireless efforts from the team at Camp Quality brings a tear to your eye every time,” Sam said. 

“They are there to offer support and care – and the most amazing part – laughter and relief, at the darkest of times. 

“They provide comfort and reassurance for families that very seldom have either. 

“They are very passionate and remarkably talented people and it really is a vital service.”

The Motocyc event will be hosted from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 March. 

Anyone with a motorbike is invited to go along. 

“Don’t even think twice about it, just do it,” Adrian said. 

Go to fundraise.campquality.org.au/event/motocyc-2022 for more information, to donate or register. 

Organisers are also looking for donations for their auction fundraising night. 

“If you have a desire to help Camp Quality make a big difference to the lives of kids and families impacted by cancer – we want to hear from you,” Sam said.

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