Ngā Uri Riders South West host charity ride

The Ngā Uri Riders South West with Ice Breakers Bunbury coordinator Adam Lang and Palmerston support worker Ryan Buswell.
The Ngā Uri Riders South West with Ice Breakers Bunbury coordinator Adam Lang and Palmerston support worker Ryan Buswell.

In a bid to both raise money to support the community and pay respect, the Ngā Uri Riders South West are planning their third annual Breaking the Ice Charity Ride on Remembrance Day. 

Ngā Uri Riders South West president Dave Tokona said they were expecting more than 150 riders across the region to take part. 

“It seems to be growing every year and it’s for a good cause,” he said.

“We originally started this ride because we saw meth was a problem and to help stem and hopefully stop people from dying.

“This drug is the devils drug, it’s across the board everybody is losing family and friends – it’s the harsh reality of it, people are dying.”

The riders have supported Doors Wide Open and Drug Awareness for our Youth in the past, with funds from this years ride to go to Ice Breakers Bunbury.

During the ride, the group will stop at the Cenotaph in Waroona for a one minute silence and service before continuing on. 

“This ride is special to us and I think we’re pretty blessed to be able to do this stuff and to support the community,” Mr Tokona said.

“We’re out there to pay our respects and make sure we can keep our youth because that’s who the dealers are targeting and our youth are our future.”

“It’s about life and preserving it.

“Ice Breakers Bunbury are an organisation that is trying to get a rehab centre up and running – they’re the organisation that we’ve chosen to give our funds too and hopefully they’ll be able to get set up.”

Ice Breakers Bunbury coordinator Adam Lang said they were grateful to the Ngā Uri Riders for their support. 

“We’re a peer support program to help people get off meth, we’ve been in Bunbury for about two years now,” he said. 

“The amount of success we’ve had working with people one-on-one has been amazing, it really works.

“We want to give people the opportunity to do activities and get out of the house so with the funding we’ll be able to create that, which is really important and it will also help to set up a safe place at the PCYC.”