Dambusters' European charity raid
The Dambusters Charity Ride first hit the road in 2012 and since then has become an annual pilgrimmage to raise money for service charities Help for Heroes and, more recently, the RAF Benevolent Fund – who get 80% of the funds raised. The remainder goes to Motorcycle Outreach, a small charity which uses small motorcycles to get health workers to remote villages in Flores, Indonesia.
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The rides are themed to link with their famous namesakes, the Dambusters of the Royal Air Force, and 2017 is no exception as the Dambusters riders head onto the continent for the 'Grand Slam Challenge'. The ride will start the Mohne Dam in Germany which was breached in May 1943 by Barnes Wallis’ bouncing bomb at 7.30am on the 18th May. From there the Dambusters riders will head North calling at each and every mainland site where the Dambusters, 617 Sqdn, dropped the Grand Slam bomb during the closing months of WW2, ending in the German city of Hamburg at the end of the same day.
Anyone can take part in the Dambusters Charity Ride, and the route before and after the set ride is up to you. You can make it part of a larger continental adventure or just ride there and back – entirely your choice.
Great people, great rides, and great causes. Find out more at Details are available at the DCMR website, including details of the ride, the history, the charities and to register your ride.