Friday, 3 March 7.00am
Community unites to ride against domestic violence
On Friday, 3 March 2017 riders from the major political parties, unions, business and industry will come together with cyclists, sponsors and beneficiaries to launch the 2017 Ride Against Domestic Violence.
The ride is from Busselton to Perth in 26 – 28 May 2017, and supported by Elliot Insurance and raises money for women and families who are victims of domestic violence.
Attending the launch is Tony Buti MLA, Tony Simpson MLA and Roger Cook MLA plus industry and union leaders and domestic violence advocates and workers. The launch was held at a morning community event for cyclists at the Narrows Bridge in Perth.
Tony Buti MLA today said the ride that was now in its second year had doubled in size with new riders joining the ride and several inaugural riders returning for a second time.
“This ride started with Tony Simpson and I getting together with an idea to do a ride to increase awareness about domestic violence and raise money for local refuges.
“To expand and include more women and more riders from business and unions is fantastic, and reflects the bipartisan approach to a serious issue that requires serious attention in our community”, said Dr Buti.
Tony Simpson MLA said the ride aimed to increase its fundraising contributions to each refuge.
“Five refuges along the route will receive funding from our fundraising activities and provide much needed respite and support for women and children who find themselves victims of domestic violence, “said Mr Simpson.
Funds raised go towards education services, counselling and support sessions, accommodation, employment readiness courses for victims of domestic violence.
The Ride: Busselton to Perth over two days 26 – 28 May, 2017. The final stage of the ride is 30km Armadale to Perth and is open to all riders and members of the public.
The final 30km stage of the ride from Armadale to Perth, will be open to the public. Supporters will be able to register for the stage for $59.
The Riders: Tony Buti MLA; Sam Buckeridge, BGC; Shane Clarke, SDU; Roger Cook MLA; Robert Cunningham; Meredith Hammat, Unions WA; Ben Harris, SDU ; Reg Howard-Smith, Chamber of Minerals and Energy; Shannon Miraglia, Women Cycling Perth; Rob Newton, CITIC Pacific Mining; Andy Otter, CFMEU; Marcelo Palacios, Photographer; Margot Patterson; Robert Shaw, Daley and Shaw Building; Tony Simpson MLA; Kevin Sneddon, CFMEU.
The supporters: Major Sponsor John Elliot from Elliot Insurance plus Matt Fulton, CEO of WestCycle, Vault Cycle Services, Pedal Mafia, exercise institute
Beneficiaries: Zonta House, Starick Services, Pat Thomas House, Tuart House and South West Refuge on the morning.
Facts: Statistics show that an average of two women a week are killed by an “intimate” partner in Australia. In Western Australia, 156 women have died from family violence in the past decade. The number of reportable family violence assaults in Western Australia increased by almost 77 per cent between 2009 and 2014. Women and children are overwhelmingly the victims of this kind of violence.
To make a donation or support the ride
Melissa Robinson 0403 953 162