San­tas hit the road

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Na­dia Budi­hardjo

SINGER Saman­tha Jade ad­mits she is not one for mo­tor­bikes, but even she is ex­cited about this Sun­day’s Perth Bik­ers Char­ity Ride.

“I haven’t had many bike ex­pe­ri­ences; I have to be hon­est, that’s prob­a­bly my first ex­pe­ri­ence on a bike,” Jade said at the pro­mo­tion of the ride.

“I guess I’ll have to get my bik­ers’ skills to­gether, so maybe I’ll start some lessons now.”

For the first time, the an­nual char­ity ride will set off from the sur­rounds of Op­tus Sta­dium, with thou­sands of mo­tor­cy­clists ex­pected to take part in fer­ry­ing ted­dies and other toys to Joon­dalup.

Event or­gan­iser Colin ‘Ban­dit’ Scott hopes this year’s ride will at­tract a record num­ber of rid­ers dressed in Christ­mas red.

“What we’re try­ing to do this year is to set a record of the most San­tas on mo­tor­cy­cles,” he said.

“We’re hop­ing that with a new venue and such an icon in Perth now that peo­ple will go ‘oh wow, I want to go to Op­tus Sta­dium’.”

The caval­cade along the Gra­ham Farmer and Mitchell free­ways is al­ways an im­pres­sive sight, with mo­torists warned sec­tions of the north­bound free­way will be closed Sun­day morn­ing for the pro­ces­sion.

At HBF Arena in Joon­dalup, truck­loads of toys and do­na­tions will be col­lected for the Sal­va­tion Army to dis­trib­ute this Christ­mas to un­der­priv­i­leged fam­i­lies.

“Over the years they have given us enor­mous ca­pac­ity to do so much for so many peo­ple and it pro­vides us the op­por­tu­nity to do the work we do,” Sal­va­tion Army spokesman War­ren Palmer said.

“We’re just re­ally proud to be in­volved in an event that has been run­ning for 43 years.”

Mo­tor­cy­clists do not need to reg­is­ter but must ar­rive at Op­tus Sta­dium be­fore 8.30am on Sun­day.

BUD­DING song­writ­ers from Pen­rhos Col­lege were treated to an in-school per­for­mance from The X Fac­tor winner Saman­tha Jade as part of her visit to WA for the Sal­va­tion Army Christ­mas ap­peal.

The pint-sized per­former sang three songs for stu­dents and then spent time with a Year 9 mu­sic class on Novem­ber 19.

Jade said Pen­rhos Col­lege was the only school in­volved in her visit to WA as part of the Salvos ap­peal.

“They do a lot of work with the Red Shield and with Salvos, and I just wanted to give back and have a lit­tle sing with them,” she said.

“I think it’s great, es­pe­cially for young girls, it’s very im­por­tant to learn that giv­ing is just as im­por­tant, if not more, than any­thing else in life.”

Mu­sic teacher Cather­ine Clar­nette said it was fan­tas­tic for the girls to hear ad­vice from a pro­fes­sional singer-song­writer.

“The Year 9s have just been do­ing a hands-on in­dus­try project where they write and record their own orig­i­nal songs and we thought it would be per­fect for them to see Saman­tha Jade,” she said. “For her to talk on what she’s do­ing and what mu­sic meant to her was very mean­ing­ful for them.”

Ms Clar­nette said it was a spe­cial event for the Year 9 mu­sic stu­dents as Jade spoke to them ex­clu­sively as a class.

“They ap­pre­ci­ate hav­ing that spe­cial ap­pear­ance, guest speak­ers usu­ally speak to a larger au­di­ence,” she said.

Jade said she had asked to be more in­volved in the Salvos’ Christ­mas ap­peal and to in­cor­po­rate Perth, her home­town, for the tour.

“Last year I was in­volved in the Christ­mas ap­peal.

“This is my sec­ond year as am­bas­sador for the Salvos,” she said.

“I want peo­ple to know it’s so easy to help, so easy to give.”

Do­na­tions for the Sal­va­tion Army Christ­mas Ap­peal can be made by vis­it­ing the char­ity’s web­site at­nate/make -a-do­na­tion/do­nate-on­line/?ap­peal=cachrist­mas.­mu­ni­ d488619 Pic­ture: David Baylis

Perth Bik­ers Char­ity Ride (back) Dave Fer­gu­son, Fred Meli, Ralph Lovell as Santa and Ban­dit with (front) Chewi and Sal­va­tion Army Am­bas­sador Saman­tha Jade.

Perth singer-song­writer and na­tional tal­ent show winner Saman­tha Jade with the Pen­rhos Col­lege Year 9 mu­sic class.

Saman­tha Jade per­form­ing at Pen­rhos Col­lege.

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