Com­pas­sion rid­ers break cy­cle of poverty

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

A TEAM of 25 cy­clists who will ride from Perth to New­cas­tle have raised more than $250,000 for chil­dren liv­ing in poverty through Com­pas­sion Aus­tralia.

The Bur­swood-based char­ity holds its an­nual Ride for Com­pas­sion, usu­ally from Perth to Al­bany, to fundraise.

But for the first time this year’s route will take rid­ers across state lines to the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s head of­fice in NSW, a to­tal dis­tance of more than 4300km.

Com­pas­sion Aus­tralia re­la­tion­ship man­ager and cyclist Rodney Olsen said money raised from the ride would help the most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren liv­ing in poverty through Com­pas­sion’s Highly Vul­ner­a­ble Chil­dren’s Fund, which in­cludes chil­dren whose par­ents who had left, died or were un­able to pro­vide, as well as chil­dren ex­posed to ex­ploita­tion and chil­dren with spe­cial needs.

“I have met many hun­dreds of the chil­dren and fam­i­lies Com­pas­sion serves and this ride is all about them,” he said.

“Their needs are so great that spon­sor­ship money is not enough.

“For in­stance, we helped a young girl whose par­ents left her and her younger sib­lings, who had spe­cial needs, to go find work.

“One day she left the fire she used for cook­ing run­ning while she went to get wa­ter and it caught alight, burn­ing the whole house down.

“Com­pas­sion stepped in, re­built the home and have been giv­ing her on­go­ing train­ing in in­come gen­er­a­tion so she is able to pro­vide for her family.”

Ride for Com­pas­sion Coast to Coast will start on Septem­ber 15.­mu­ni­ d485820 Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Do­ing it for the kids: Jen­ny­lynne An­drews, Les Hack­ett , Ross Adams, Rodney Olsen and David and Vicki Kingston.

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