Run to remember
SCOOTER RIDE FOR VETERANS
A CONVOY of scooters will take to the coast on Sunday as locals pay tribute to Australia’s fallen soldiers and ex-service personnel.
Event organiser John Wakefield said he wanted to do something special for Remembrance Day this year in an event that would acknowledge those who had died, as well as those who had returned but were struggling to adapt back into their old lives.
He and other members of the South Side Scooterists will run the inaugural Perth Scooter Gathering and Poppy Run this weekend.
It is a chance for them and other locals to acknowledge the sacrifices of past and present servicemen and women.
Mr Wakefield said there were sadly too many instances of veterans battling homelessness and mental health issues and he wanted people to recognise what they were going through and the sacrifices they had made.
“Sadly, suicide and homelessness is all too common for our vets,” he said.
“As new generations come along and veterans pass away it is important that the historic memories of those who have given so much, so that we can have so much, are not forgotten.
“The response has been fantastic so far and greater than I expected.”
The convoy will meet at Captain Munchies on Beach Street at 9.45am, November 12, before travelling up the coast to Cottesloe and down the river through Mosman Bay, before returning to Clancy’s Fish Pub at noon.
Visit the South Side Scooterists Facebook page for details.
John Wakefield with the Perth Scooter Community Riders.