SA motorcyclist raises awareness
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.