Trio to ride 1000km for Teen Chal­lenge

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Community News -

KENS­ING­TON BREAK­ING into houses, vi­o­lence, high-speed chases and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour are sce­nar­ios Po­lice Sergeant Roberta Richard­son of­ten faces be­cause of drug and al­co­hol prob­lems.

In Oc­to­ber, the vet­eran of­fi­cer will take part in a 1000km bi­cy­cle ride from Esper­ance to Perth to help those re­cov­er­ing from ad­dic­tion.

“The money raised in the ride will go to help Teen Chal­lenge WA which helps young peo­ple re­cover from sub­stance abuse is­sues; it’s about giv­ing young peo­ple a chance to right their wrongs,” Sgt Richard­son said.

Friends Carla Martella and Meghan Thomas, whose hus­band has ex­pe­ri­enced fam­ily drug and al­co­hol prob­lems, will join Sgt Richard­son.

“My hus­band is keen to be­come in­volved as he has ex­pe­ri­enced drug and al­co­hol prob­lems in his own fam­ily, so it’s a way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity,” Ms Thomas said.

The three friends took part in the ride for the first time last year and vis­ited re­cov­er­ing ad­dicts at Teen Chal­lenge WA’s Grace Academy in Esper­ance.

“Last year we got the chance to spend the night with the res­i­dents and cook din­ner and you just get caught up in it and want to help them,” Ms Thomas said.

“Last year we saw kids just go­ing into the pro­gram, so it will be great to see their progress and hope­fully their im­prove­ment.”

The trio will ride the 1000km from Perth to Esper­ance over six days but they need to raise $3500 each to par­tic­i­pate in the ride.

With a lit­tle help from friends and garage sales, the trio are al­ready on their way to rais­ing the re­quired to­tal, but need fur­ther dona­tions.

If you wish to do­nate to Roberta, you can email her at scot­tan­droberta@iinet.net.au.

A fundrais­ing night will be held on Satur­day, July 4, at Food for Me Cafe at 877 Al­bany High­way, East Vic­to­ria Park.

Cost is $75 per per­son and in­cludes en­ter­tain­ment, nib­bles, an Elvis im­per­son­ator and danc­ing, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to Teen Chal­lenge.

Bookings on 9472 0333.

Friends Meghan Thomas, Roberta Richard­son and Carla Martella are ready to ride for Teen Chal­lenge.

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