By Judith Lewis


Minister for Health, Roger Cook and Armadale MLA, Dr Tony Buti, have again rallied cyclists, to join them in the 2017 Ride Against Domestic Violence which departs from Busselton on Saturday 26 May.

“This is the second year of the ride which will take 2 days and traverse 300km before finishing at McCallum Park, Victoria Park, on Sunday afternoon.” Dr Buti said.

“The focus of the ride is to raise awareness of domestic violence.”

“We will also be collecting donations on the way and all profits from the ride will go to five women’s refuges to help women and children escaping domestic violence.”

The ride departs Busselton at 6am Saturday, arrives at Memorial Park, Jull Street, Armadale on Sunday at 10am and concludes at McCallum Park, Garland Street, Victoria Park at 12pm.

Dr Buti said, “I invite members of the public to ride with us on the final leg of the journey from Armadale to McCallum Park.”

“We are extending an open invitation to the public to enjoy a sausage sizzle and mingle with the riders and support crew when they stop for a break in Armadale.”

“At the conclusion of the ride a reception will be held at McCallum Park with Member for Perth, Tim Hammond as MC and WA Treasurer, Ben Wyatt as guest speaker.”

 “Domestic violence is not okay. We all need to stand together against this ongoing crisis where women and children are overwhelmingly the victims.”

Minister Cook said, “Two women a week are killed by an intimate partner in Australia, and in Western Australia 156 women have died from domestic violence in the past decade.”

“We need to let victims know that there is support available and when they ask for help they will be taken seriously.”