Ride aims to bat­tle drug scourge

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Cal­lum Hunter

The scourge of metham­phetamine use in the re­gion has to be brought to an end.

This was the goal of al­most 100 bik­ers from around the State on Re­mem­brance Day when they set off from the Ri­d­ley Place boat ramp in Aus­tralind on the third an­nual drug aware­ness char­ity ride pre­sented by the Nga Uri riders.

The riders de­parted the boat ramp at 9.30am, bound for the Wa­roona Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice in a dis­play of unity against the ever-tight­en­ing grip of metham­phetamine in the South West.

“We’re los­ing peo­ple,” Nga Uri pres­i­dent Dave Takona said.

“Our young ones are be­ing tar­geted and they’re our fu­ture, so we need to make sure they are safe. “They call it the devil’s drug.” All pro­ceeds from the day were do­nated to Ice Break­ers to be put to­wards the es­tab­lish­ment of a full time re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion clinic in Bun­bury, with the or­gan­i­sa­tion cur­rently op­er­at­ing out of the PCYC.

Af­ter pay­ing their re­spects in Wa­roona, the con­voy re­turned to Bun­bury PCYC to re­group, un­wind and re­flect on the jour­ney and the cause.

As a for­mer New Zea­land ser­vice­man, Novem­ber 11 holds ex­tra mean­ing for Mr Takona, who wanted to hon­our those lost as a re­sult of war.

“Last year we did the same thing and stopped in Wa­roona to pay our re­spects to the fallen across the board be­cause we’re all Anzacs,” he said.

“All we’re try­ing to do is help ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially the fam­i­lies as a lot of the stuff is hap­pen­ing be­hind closed doors and fam­i­lies are try­ing to deal with it in si­lence.

“If we can save even one life, then we’re good.”

Re­bekah McGin­nis and Alkira Hunt, both of Bun­bury, with Kar­lie Kahu, of Aus­tralind.

Pic­ture: Cal­lum Hunter

Kaiti­aki Riders SMC pres­i­dent Chris Kahu, Ice Break­ers co­or­di­na­tor Adam Lange and Nga Uri pres­i­dent Dave Takona all agree meth’s reign of ter­ror has to end.

Pounara Davis, of Aus­tralind, Sky­lar Buswell, 10, of Bun­bury, with Shar­ron Russ and Shiloh Davis, both of Aus­tralind.

Si­mon Taranto, Leanne Ma­her and Glenn Rodda, all of Da­lyellup.

Budi Anta and Barry Cooper, both of Bun­bury.

Paul Sud­low and his part­ner Peta Lewin, both of Bus­sel­ton.

Jamie Lange and his fa­ther Stef, both of Don­ny­brook.

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