The Ride Against Domestic Violence came to an end at Elizabeth Quay this afternoon with riders completing the 330km journey from Margaret River to Perth.
The day began in Mandurah when the riders packed their bags for the last time and traded coastline views for tarmac roads. Blue skies and sunshine greeted them as they conquered the freeway and joined forces with riders from the Armadale Cycling Club.
At 10.30am, members of the Armadale Police Cadets welcomed the riders to Memorial Park in Armadale with a guard of honour. After mingling with locals and catching up with family and friends, Mayor Henry Zelones welcomed the riders to Armadale.
Tony Buti MLA (Armadale) and Tony Simpson MLA (Darling Range) then joined the riders in presenting a cheque to Starick Services, a not-for-profit organisation that provides multi-layered support services in Perth’s south-east metropolitan area to women and children experiencing family and domestic violence. Byford Bendigo Bank also made a generous contribution to the riders’ fundraising efforts by donating $1000 to the Ride Against Domestic Violence.
After enjoying a quick sausage sizzle prepared by the Rotary Club, it was back to the road for the riders; the final leg of the journey, a 35km ride from Armadale to Perth, was calling. Encouraged by the company of the Armadale Cycling Club, the riders made quick work of Albany Highway and Shepperton Road, arriving at Elizabeth Quay on schedule at 1pm. There were smiles all round as the riders congratulated each other on a successful and rewarding Ride Against Domestic Violence.
With the city skyline on one side and Elizabeth Quay on the other, federal candidate for Perth Tim Hammond welcomed the riders to Perth and introduced Rowena Scott and Jason Hapeta to talk about personal experiences of domestic violence. Shirley McMurdo then spoke about the services provided by Domestic Violence Legal Clinic to victims of domestic violence.
Finally, Tony Buti introduced the riders and support crew for the last time, thanking them for spreading awareness about domestic violence and raising money for women’s refuges in regional Western Australia. John Elliot (from Elliot Insurance), whose driving halted traffic and safely guided the riders from Margaret River to Perth, then made a generous donation of $100 per rider, totalling $1300 to the Ride Against Domestic Violence.
After riding for three days and travelling more than 330km from Margaret River to Perth, the riders convened for a final group photo before joining family to reflect on the ride over drinks.
Although the Ride Against Domestic Violence has come to an end, the fight against domestic violence continues. This is an issue that continues to affect the lives of many women and children in Australia and Western Australia, and it is the responsibility of the community to make a conscious effort to end it through discussion and exposure. If you would like to make a donation to support women’s refuges that care for women and children experiencing domestic violence, please visit our donations page here.