Cycle of love for Mitch

Brad Ellis is riding across the arbor in honour of his late friend Mitch Gillam.
Brad Ellis is riding across the arbor in honour of his late friend Mitch Gillam.

The 23-year-old said he hatched the plan to ride from Adelaide to Perth in honour of his mate Mitch Gillam, a former Aquinas College student, who died in a Bali scooter accident in 2010.

The Mates on a Mission ride left Adelaide on May 16, with Brad and his support crew travelling across the arbor with a stop in Kalgoorlie at the end of May, before arriving in Perth at the end of this week.

A welcome-home celebration will be held in Leeming on June 7.

Nearly $30,000 has been raised from the ride so far, which will help Bali’s poorest families with necessities, including the construction of concrete brick homes in Seraya in eastern Bali.

‘This is something I wanted to do for Mitch,’ Brad said. ‘Mitch taught me that if you set your mind to do something, you can do it ” nothing is off limits. Every single pedal of this ride is driven from the love of a huge group of people for Mitch.’

Local businesses are also getting on board with Hog’s Breath Caf� Joondalup and Kelmscott owner Phil Bailey, a supporter of the ride, having raised more than $3000 through events held at his restaurants.

To donate, visit www.amitchgillam project.com.au.