Santas hit the road
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 at salvos.org.au/donate/make -a-donation/donate-online/?appeal=cachristmas.
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.