Ride has special meaning after deaths

Dylan Manning (7) is in the team for the first time, after watching his mother take part for the last three years. “We want to do the ride to help other kids who are like Conor,” he said. “We feel very sad that Conor has died.” Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d424984
Dylan Manning (7) is in the team for the first time, after watching his mother take part for the last three years. “We want to do the ride to help other kids who are like Conor,” he said. “We feel very sad that Conor has died.” Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d424984

This weekend, a team of 16 from the Leeuwin Barracks in East Fremantle will take part in the Dwellingup 100’s Ride for Someone Who Can’t in honour of Conor Murphy and Kyle Scolari, who died after their home lost power in the storm, affecting their ventilation systems.

Both men had played large roles in previous events, with many riders having completed the 14, 40 or 100km track for them in recent years.

Leeuwin Barracks’ Steve O’Loughlin said a group from the base had been riding for Mr Murphy in the event for the last five years.

‘Conor’s father Maurice is a former colleague so many of us knew Conor and have some understanding of the challenges face by the whole family,’ he said. ‘This year is particularly significant as we want to honour their memories following their tragic passing in July.

‘Seeing all the young people affected by MD who come to Dwellingup to support the riders makes you realise how lucky the majority of us are to enjoy our health and wellbeing.’

Visit www.everydayhero.com.au/event/rideforsomeonewhocant2014 to make a donation.