Charity ride to help keep doors open
MOTORCYCLES will take to the highway on November 11 to help families support loved ones recovering from methamphetamine addiction in the second annual Doors Wide Open charity ride.
Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, consisting of former and serving police officers, will be sponsoring the ride this year with all money raised going to Bunbury not-forprofit organisation Doors Wide Open.
Doors Wide Open chief executive officer Courtney Pugh said all money raised would go to the running of the organisation and she hoped to surpass last year’s total.
“The riding community all really got behind us,” she said.
Ms Pugh said supporting the families and friends of methamphetamine addicts helped them to be ready to support their loved ones when they asked for help.
“We’ve got over 200 families in the South West that we currently assist,” she said.
“Through empowering the families and friends with information and support they are then able to communicate effectively with their loved one.
“When that addict is ready and they can see they have a problem and do reach out, help is immediate.”
Blue Knights South West secretary Alan Snow said the club had donated $500 and hoped to raise more on the day.
“A lot of them are ex-traffic policemen who still long for their motorcycle rides,” he said.
At about 130km, the route will set out from Burekup Hall at 9am sharp, go up to Harvey and down the main street, before heading up through Collie and back to Burekup by about 10.30am.
In the event’s first running last year, 105 riders took part raising $2000 through the ride and a further $2000 at the family fun day afterwards.
Registrations start at 8am and the family fun day at the Burekup Hall runs from 10.30am to 2.30pm, with a Remembrance Day service at 11am.
“There will be market stalls, a bouncy castle, sausage sizzle and loads of fun for the kids,” Ms Pugh said.
“It’s about bringing families together and bringing communities together.”
Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club South West secretary Alan Snow and Doors Wide Open chief executive officer Courtney Pugh look forward to the annual Doors Wide Open charity ride on November 11. The first running of the event last year saw 105 riders raise $4000 for the Bunbury group who support South West families with methamphetamine-affected loved ones.