A CONVOY of scooters will take to the coast next Sunday as locals pay tribute to Australia’s fallen soldiers and ex-service personnel.
Event organiser John Wakefield said he wanted to do something special for Remembrance Day this year, something that would acknowledge both those who have passed as well as those who have returned but are struggling to adapt back into their old lives.
He and other members of the South Side Scooterists will run the inaugural Perth Scooter Gathering and Poppy Run, a chance for them and other locals wanting to take part to acknowledge the sacrifices of past and present servicemen and women.
Mr Wakefield said there were sadly too many instances of men and women struggling with homelessness and mental health issues on returning from service and he wanted people to recognise what they were going through and the sacrifices they had made.
“Sadly suicide and homelessness is all too common for our vets,” he said.
“As new generations come along and veterans pass away it is important that the historic memories of those who have given so much so that we can have so much are not forgotten.
“The response has been fantastic so far and greater than I expected.”
The convoy will meet at Capt Munchies on Beach Street at 9.45am November 12 before travelling up the coast to Cottesloe and down the river through Mosman Bay before returning to Clancy’s Fish Pub at 12pm.
Visit the South Side Scooterists Facebook page for more information.