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Real life: Gang of bikies band together to stop bullying

How these two boys softened the hearts of hundreds of tough bikies.

By Brittany Smith

Sharad Goodfella, 35, from Camden, NSW, shares his true life story:

Vibrations thrummed through me as I revved my Honda Fireblade motorbike and took off down the street.
I'd spent the morning riding with autistic kids and other volunteers who owned vintage cars.
The kids loved the thrill of it and it gave them a break from their daily struggles.
At home, my phone dinged with a Facebook message.
The event was amazing, a woman named Jessica wrote. Would you consider hosting one for bullied kids?
She said her younger brother, Brock, 11, was being hassled at school.
A few hours later, I got another message from someone named Lisa. Her son, George, eight, was also being targeted by bullies. My shoulders slumped with sadness. These poor kids needed a break, and I was going to make sure they got it.
Me and Brock at a Cruise Against Bullying event.
Belle P Photography
I created a Facebook event, Cruise Against Bullying, and planned to recruit as many volunteers as possible so we could ride with Brock and George in a convoy of vintage cars and bikes.
Remember, this is about the kids, I wrote. Make them feel special and respected.
I also shared the event with Road Pirates Australia, a group nof motorcycle enthusiasts that I was Sydney president of.
Within hours, my post had been shared dozens of times. A week later, I went to the meeting spot at the local Maccas.
My jaw dropped as I saw over 100 cars and motorbikes gathered there – BMWs, Ducatis and Harley Davidsons.
First, we drove over to George's house. He was standing outside and when he saw us all waving, his eyes lit up.
"This is all for you," I explained, giving him a big hug.
He jumped in one of the card and then, when we arrived at Brock's house, he burst into happy tears.
He was shocked that this many people cared about him. We cruised the streets together, grinning happily, before stopping to take photos.
George and Brock even make friends with some of the other kids.
It was great to make George (left) and Brock smile
Belle P Photography
We cruised the streets together, grinning happily, before stopping to take photos. George and Brock even make friends with some of the other kids.
"You've changed my life," Brock told me afterwards.
Now, I'm hoping to make Cruise Against Bullying a quarterly event.
Bullying can cause lifelong damage and it's so important to spread kindness.

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