Ride Against Domestic Violence kicks off from Perth with support from old City of Vincent community bus

Nick Catania and Roger Cook are taking part in the Domestic Violence Bike Ride. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d483200
Nick Catania and Roger Cook are taking part in the Domestic Violence Bike Ride. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d483200

A COMMUNITY bus to go under the hammer in June left Perth today to support 36 cyclists doing the Ride Against Domestic Violence this weekend.

The two-day, 230km ride raises money for seven women’s refuges between Busselton and Perth.

The North Perth Community Bank team borrowed the City of Vincent bus for what could be its last booking before it is put up for auction because of a lack of bookings for community groups.

Nine teams of four riders, including Health Minister Roger Cook and former Federal member for Perth Tim Hammond, converged at Parliament House Friday morning before driving to Busselton.

The riders will then cycle from Busselton to Perth throughout the weekend, making stops in Bunbury and Rockingham, and returning Sunday.

Bank branch director and team captain James Elder said he was a “semi-regular” cyclist but had been preparing for the ride.

“I have been cycling two or three days a week, about 50-60km each ride, so about 150-200km a week,” he said.

“We are hoping the worst of it (bad weather) is today.

“Tomorrow is looking showery with a few breaks in between; we’re going to get wet, there’s no avoiding that.”

Bank manager Paul Burnett said it was important for men to take the lead in the stand against domestic violence.

“It is important that we also show the next generations coming through that this is an issue that men can actually stamp out,” he said.

Donate at www.rideagainstdomesticviolence.com.

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