In memory of Hirsty

Hirsty was loved by all.
Hirsty was loved by all.

It’s time to end what motorcycling enthusiast Greg Hirst started.

Gone but never forgotten

Gone but never forgotten

Family and friends are still coming to terms with the sudden death of the community stalwart in June following cancer complications.

Brothers in arms: Hirsty and breakfast radio presenter Brendan "Jonesy" Jones were co-presenters of Temporary Australians. Both donated their time to do it.

Brothers in arms: Hirsty and breakfast radio presenter Brendan "Jonesy" Jones were co-presenters of Temporary Australians. Both donated their time to do it.

The Parramatta resident and Brotherhood Christian Motorcycle Club founding member was the executive producer and co-presenter of documentary series Temporary Australians, which was in its sixth series and showed a different side of the motorcycling fraternity.

Overwhelmed by high funeral costs, his wife Colleen set up a Go Fund Me page to complete the filming, editing and production of the last four episodes to air on 7Mate later this year. The final episode will be dedicated to Hirsty’s funeral, which included a mass motorcycle procession along the M4.

“There are hours of raw footage but an enormous amount of work to create even a single episode,” Mrs Hirst wrote. “Greg made no money from Temporary Australians and paid for the right to air the show on TV. All costs were previously covered by the generosity of a range of sponsors. Now I am asking for your support to help me raise the money to finish what Greg began - a labour of love that celebrated and honoured the motorcycling community.”

More than $9000 of the $20,000 target has been raised within three weeks.

“It’s the right thing to do to honour all the effort Greg put in,” series co-producer Tim Robinson told the Sun.

“His family want to see this through. We started shooting the series at the end of last year but after his cancer diagnosis, took a break with plans to resume later this year.”

The pair worked closely together for six years.

“He was a determined person who was very passionate about the things in his life which he saw value in, which were faith, motorcycling and social justice,” Mr Robinson said. “He invested so much in the community and committed to addressing homelessness in Parramatta.”

More than 200 riders honoured Hirsty at the Bikers Australia Blanket Drive on Sunday to launch Homeless Persons Week in Parramatta. The long running event was one of his many pet projects. Parramatta Mission was inundated with enough blankets to fill two vans.

“He was a man in our community of extraordinary capacity, not just to do things but to influence the character of others,” federal Parramatta MP Julie Owens said. “Greg was a really rare man because he could do both.”

  • Details: gofundme.com/completing-temporary-australians-s6.