Riders to pedal for vi­o­lence preven­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

Next week­end, Spirit Ra­dio break­fast host Pablo New­ton Far­ley and AFL leg­end Scotty Cum­mings will join 10 cy­clists mak­ing the gru­elling 578km jour­ney from Port Hed­land to Onslow to raise aware­ness and fund­ing for vi­o­lence preven­tion in the Pil­bara.

The inau­gu­ral Ride for Unity will co­in­cide with the IF Foun­da­tion’s Vi­o­lence Preven­tion Week from Mon­day, Au­gust 24, to Satur­day, Au­gust 29.

Along the six-day ride, the 12 cy­clists and their sup­port­ers will be stop­ping in towns to con­duct work­shops, talks and ac­tiv­i­ties at schools and com­mu­nity cen­tres to ad­dress vi­o­lence preven­tion in young peo­ple, while also aim­ing to raise $50,000.

Cum­mings said he was look­ing for­ward to join­ing New­ton Far­ley for such an im­por­tant cause.

“We did Kokoda three years ago and this is the next chal­lenge … in ly­cra,” he said.

“I’m not sure what to ex­pect, I have never rid­den this dis­tance be­fore … but I am look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.”

New­ton Far­ley said ini­tially he thought the in­vi­ta­tion from the IF Foun­da­tion was only a chance to bring the break­fast show on the road for a week.

“Then sud­denly, I’m rid­ing it,” he said.

“It will be great to have six days out of the stu­dio, on the road.

“I’ve been carb-load­ing for years for the prepa­ra­tion of this event.”

New­ton Far­ley said Scott’s Cy­cles in Kar­ratha kindly do­nated a car­bon fi­bre road bike for the char­ity ride.

“The team at Scott’s Cy­cles have chris­tened the bike on the speed ma­chine, which is a worry,” he said.

“So far for my train­ing, I’ve clocked up 9km, which is 9 per cent of one day.

“I’m not too sure about wear­ing the ly­cra suit though; it kind of feels like wear­ing a nappy.”

Scott’s Cy­cles owner Lisa Diane said they would be pray­ing for easterly tail winds to help the riders get through the ride.

“If Pablo does 25km/hr, he will be do­ing very well,” she said.

“We are proud to sup­port such a wor­thy com­mu­nity cause.”

Funds raised will be used to sup­port com­mu­nity pro­gram­ming across the re­gion.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the ride, email con­tests@if­founda tion.org.au or to do­nate, visit https://if­foun­da­tion­ride­foruni ty.ev­ery­day­hero.com/au/pa blo#.

Pic­ture: Court­ney Fowler

Spirit Ra­dio break­fast host Pablo New­ton Far­ley and Scott’s Cy­cles owner Lisa Diane.

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