Run to re­mem­ber

SCOOTER RIDE FOR VET­ER­ANS

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

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.

Picture: Matt Jelonek d474889

John Wake­field with the Perth Scooter Com­mu­nity Rid­ers.

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