When Sharad Goodfella learnt there were a couple of Macarthur kids having a hard time with bullies at school, he wanted to help out.
The local business owner and motorcycle enthusiast organised a few friends to get together and visit the two young boys, to show some kindness and give them a boost.
In less than a week, the small gathering had turned into a massive event, with more than 100 riders and car collectors turning out to surprise the pair of Camden youngsters.
The convoy travelled to the first boy’s house in Spring Farm and had a blast in a nearby park, before moving on to the second boy in Mount Annan.
Mr Goodfella said it was great to help the boys out and raise awareness of bullying.
“A lot of charity events are all about money, but this was just about awareness and doing something good,” he said.
“So many kids experience bullying – I ran away from home when I was a kid – so if some strangers can help them feel loved and appreciated and a little bit like rockstars, that’s great.”
Mr Goodfella said the convoy also featured representatives of Bikers Against Child Abuse, face-painting and plenty of modified vehicles.
He said both boys were thrilled with the turn-out and made some new friends.
“If I was eight and 100 people came out to say hello to me, that would’ve have been crazy and exciting,” Mr Goodfella said.
“Now these kids can go to school and talk about their amazing weekend.”
The marketing executive said people came from as far and wide as the Hunter Valley, Southern Highlands and Penrith to take part in the ‘cruise’ for bullying.
He is hoping to hold similar events again to continue raising awareness.
“It’s therapeutic – a small gesture makes such a big difference to these kids.”