Riders to pedal for violence prevention
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#.
Spirit Radio breakfast host Pablo Newton Farley and Scott’s Cycles owner Lisa Diane.