Help An Old Man Fulfil a Life Dream

Hello my name is Peter Rotumah and I am a proud 65 year old Bunitj/Gunditjmara man. I am a father to five children who have given me ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
*Me & my second eldest grandchild Kanoa getting ready for the 2017 NAIDOC March in Melbourne 

Ever since I saw the movie “Easy Rider” many years ago I wanted to get on a Harley Davidson motor bike and ride up the centre of Australia.

However due to priorities changing, family and other important life events the dream slowly became unachievable until I gave up on it.

In 2012 I turned 60 years old and began thinking about what the future holds for me. For those in the know the life expectancy of an Aboriginal male is approximately 11 years shorter than that of a non-Aboriginal male which means that an Aboriginal male expect to live to the ripe old age of 67 years. Things start coming into one’s mind like what have I achieved in my time? Will I see my grandkids and great grandkids grow up to be adults? How long have I got to go? I suppose one starts thinking about one’s own mortality. Don’t get me wrong I will endeavour to outlive our estimated life expectancy. But just in case was there anything I felt I needed to do. There was only one thing in my bucket list … MY DREAM RIDE UP THE CENTRE OF AUSTRALIA ON A HARLEY.

So in 2012 I got my motorbike licence and in 2014 I bought a 1995 Heritage Softail affectionately known as da Big One. Since 2014 I’ve trying to get enough finances to make my lifetime trip but priorities change and the dream is once again put on hold.
*Me & da Big One

I am now 65 and don’t think I can wait any longer to do my dream trip so I’m going to ride up the centre in mid September this year. I have a bit of money saved but desperately need more to help me achieve my dream.

I know it’s a big ask but I would be grateful to you if you could help an old man achieve his lifetime dream.
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Peter Rotumah 
Mill Park VIC