Char­ity ride to help keep doors open

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

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.”

Picture David Charlesworth Photo avail­able at west­pix.com.au

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.

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