Members of Ride4Life are passionate about the mental health sector. Many of us have lived experience of mental illness and/or suicide. Many of us will have also been subjected to the various forms of stigma that surround these topics.

The organisation grew out of the passion of the original members to do something about creating an organisation that operated from as altruistic a view as possible. We wanted to make sure that the work we do and the money we raised directly impacted on people experiencing issues. Whilst we acknowledge that there are administrative costs in running any organisation, our desire is to make sure these are kept to an absolute minimum and that as much of the work as possible is handled by volunteers.

The organisation has come from a grass roots beginning and we want to make sure it stays that way. 

At our inaugural meeting on the 7th January 2017, the following office bearers were elected.

Shane Taylor - President

President - Shane Taylor

Shane lives in Eaglehawk and is well known in the Bendigo bike scene.  He has done several long distance rides and acted in an organising capacity on several of these rides. Shane has been involved in the organisation of a charity ride in Bendigo over the last few years and has a good working relationship with the Bendigo Suicide Prevention Network (SPAN) and media outlets in Bendigo also. Rides a Victory Magnum.

Ric Raftis - Vice President

Vice President - Ric Raftis

Ric lives in Wedderburn and has been involved in organising rides for several years. He has also done quite a number of long distance rides. Ric is very active in the mental health scene. A member of the Loddon Healthy Minds Network, the Murray PHN Consultative Committee and the Standby Steering Committee. Ric also looks after all the web development and hosting management for the Association. Rides a Harley Davidson Ultra Classic.

James Cardwell - Secretary

Secretary - James Cardwell

James lives in Kyneton and has also done a number of long distance rides. He has a huge role as Secretary including managing memberships, keeping minutes and all documentation in order. James is also the Public Officer for the Association. Rides a Triumph Explorer.

Rick Oates

Membership and Public Relations - Rick Oates

Rick will be looking after all the Public Relations and dealing with the media. He will also be responsible for boosting our membership. Rick is also assisting in ride organisation. He rides a Suzuki Bandit.


Treasurer - Paige Thompson

Paige lives in Sydney and has taken on the role of Treasurer. She has a B Commerce and accounting experience in both corporate firms and not-for-profit organisations. Although Paige prefers 4 wheel vehicles to two, mental health issues are close to her heart and she believes strongly in raising awareness and supporting those affected. 

In addition to the Executive Committee, we also have Shane Wescott, Kerry Miller, Kerrie Belmore and David "Barney" Livingstone onboard as additional ordinary committee members to help out.