KIDNEY awareness was the focus for more than 140 Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders who took to the state's roads yesterday.
About 200 people participated in the Tasmanian Harley Owners Group's annual Kidney Health Charity Ride, which has raised more than $40,000 for Kidney Health Australia and Tasmania's renal units in the past seven years.
Organiser and group assistant director Ken Lawson said it was fantastic to see so many people support an event that created awareness for a "silent disease".
"Kidney failure is a silent disease that affects one in three people in Australia and it can affect anyone at any given age - it doesn't discriminate," Mr Lawson said.
"We had people from the Kidney Health Australia foundation here, kidney patients, people who have been recipients of a kidney transplant and a 12-year- old girl who will be going for a kidney transplant shortly.
"All the proceeds from today go 100 per cent directly to the three Tasmanian renal units."