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A FORMER local man will fulfil
his late father’s dream of riding his
motorbike around Australia, and
will use the ride to raise money for
charity by matching every dollar
James John, who grew up in
Paringa, will embark on the ride
from Renmark on Monday to pay
tribute to his father Paul, who
passed away from cancer in 2015.
He will raise money for the
Children’s Cancer Foundation and
donate up to $50,000 of his own
Paul, who was a well-known
local having owned and operated
a chemist in Renmark for over 25
years, was diagnosed with a rare
small intestinal cancer called duo-
denal cancer in late 2013.
The cancer was stage four by
the time it was caught, and despite
aggressive treatment Paul sadly
passed away on May 17, 2015.
James said conversations with
his sick father inspired him to aim
his charity work at children.
“Dad and I talked a lot and he
said he’d had a good life and was
happy he got to see me and my
two brothers grow up and finish
school. He was confident we would
be okay,” he said.
“He said the real tragedies are
the kids that get sick and don’t get
to grow up, so that resonated with
The family received a letter
from a close friend of Paul’s after
his death, which inspired James
to embark on the ride around
“One of Dad’s friends wrote a
letter to our family and it was real-
ly sweet,” said Mr John.
“He originally started to write
the letter as a grieving process to
reflect and to not forget things and
then his wife told him he should
send the letter to us and it was just
“There were heaps of stories in
there. They spent all their child-
hood and uni years as best mates
and one story was about how they
had planned to ride their motor-
bikes around Australia when they
retired or had the chance.
“He said he was planning when
Dad got better to get him to do it.
But Dad never got better.
“Out of all the stories that one
really blew me away, and I thought
it was such a cool idea.
“So I quit work, got my motor-
bike licence and started to plan the
James, 25, was working as a
lawyer in Brisbane before he decid-
ed to take the time off to complete
“I’m really excited. And I think
Dad would be jealous and think it’s
awesome,” he said.
“I hope it really celebrates his
life and honours him.
“I’ve had completely random
people contact me and offer their
place to stay, which has been really
James has set up a donation
fund with the Children’s Cancer
Foundation and is aiming to reach
$50,000 to match his personal
“It’s an amazing charity and
100 per cent of the funds go to the
cause, because there are no admin
costs and things like that,” he said.
“So, the money donated will go
into research treatments and my
donation will go to 10 children’s
hospitals throughout Australia to
purchase equipment and toys.”
James will head west following
Highway One around Australia and
will also ride around Tasmania.
To follow Mr John’s journey
or make a donation head to www.
eyesopenride.com.au or www.
Dep Renmark 7.30am 5.10pm 7.30am 12.00nn 4.00pm
7.50am 5.35pm 7.50am 12.20pm 4.25pm
Dep Barmera 8.10am 5.55pm 8.10am 12.40pm 4.45pm
Arr Adelaide 11.30am 9.10pm 11.30am
Dep Adelaide 12.15pm 5.30pm 12.15pm 11.00am 5.30pm
Dep Barmera 3.30pm 8.50pm 3.30pm 2.20pm 8.50pm
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Arr Renmark 4.15pm 9.30pm 4.15pm 3.00pm 9.30pm
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Join the fun and run for Jazmyn
A LOCAL family’s battle with
meningococcal has sparked their
mission to inform others of the
disease’s signs and symptoms
through a fundraising event in
Renmark next month.
Jazmyn’s Fun Run was ini-
tiated by the Parkyn family of
Renmark, after Jazmyn contract-
ed meningococcal B in August
On Sunday, April 2, Jazmyn’s
Fun Run will be held at the
Jarrett Memorial Gardens in
Renmark, with all proceeds
from the event donated to
Jazmyn’s mother Sarah Parkyn
encouraged all locals to attend
the event, which will offer
three different distances to either
walk or run.
“We would like as many peo-
ple to come out and support
Meningococcal Australia, support
the fun run, learn about meningo-
coccal and find out any informa-
tion they need,” she said.
“There will be a tent with all
up-to-date information about the
Mrs Parkyn said money raised
at the event will go towards fur-
ther education for communities
“So families can learn about
the signs and symptoms, acting
quickly and the vaccinations as
well, if they are interested,” she
For a gold coin donation,
children can have their face
painted or use the jumping
castle with the money donated to
Meningococcal Australia will
also receive the profits from all
food stalls on the day.
The cost to participate in the
event is $20 for adults and $10
for children, with family passes
To register for the 2km, 5km
or 10km run or walk visit the
Jazmyn’s Fun Run Facebook
page and follow the links. Online
registrations close on Thursday,
Registrations can also be
made through eventbrite.com by
searching Jazmyn’s Fun Run or
between 8.30am and 9.30am.
The event begins with an offi-
cial welcome at 9.20am before
the run/walk starts at 9.30am.
James doing it for dad – and charity
man James John
will raise money
for the Children’s
and pay tribute
to his late father
by riding around
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