Solo ride

SA mo­tor­cy­clist raises aware­ness

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

A mo­tor­cy­clist rid­ing solo around the cir­cum­fer­ence of Aus­tralia to raise aware­ness of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence stopped by the Pil­bara last week.

South Aus­tralian mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­ast Ivan Phillips, who has rid­den around Aus­tralia once be­fore and has made a point to visit only re­gional parts of Aus­tralia on his trip, vis­ited Kar­ratha, Roe­bourne and Tom Price late last week to speak to a num­ber of Pil­bara com­mu­nity groups.

Mr Phillips said he took on the sec­ond trip af­ter find­ing new pur­pose as a White Rib­bon am­bas­sador af­ter a tragic pe­riod, in which his daugh­ter was mur­dered, fol­lowed shortly by his wife’s death from cancer.

“I don’t want any­one to go through what my fam­ily went through and that’s why it is im­por­tant that I share my story with oth­ers — what we en­dured and why we need to talk more about do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in our com­mu­nity,” he said.

“My ride is about helping to cre­ate aware­ness and en­cour­age con­ver­sa­tion and sup­port in re­gional ar­eas to bring it out into the open.”

Mr Phillips said he hoped his ride es­pe­cially con­nected with his main target au­di­ence of young men.

Pil­bara Mo­tor­cy­cle Sis­ters’ pres­i­dent Leah Sc­holes, who or­gan­ised Mr Phillips’ talk in Kar­ratha, said hear­ing his story had been in­sight­ful and mov­ing for guests.

“Fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is global, and it’s quite high, in­ci­dents . . . in the Kar­ratha districts,” she said.

Mr Phillips thanked Pil­bara Mo­tor­cy­cle Sis­ters and the Best Western Kar­ratha for their sup­port.

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