Brake the Cycle
Its 6.30am and the temperature is 8 degrees on an August Sunday morning. The location is the main Kings Park carpark and a golden glow is starting to appear from behind the War Memorial Cenotaph.
In the distance I see a group of shadowy figures riding their way up along the road passing by Frasers Restaurant. Their bike lights puncture the darkness, and I can hear a couple of words from their conversations.
As they get closer, we are welcomed by a group of friendly smiles.
[L-R] Michelle Coelho; Crankin Wheel Women and Jenne Russell; Shelter WA
The Crankin Wheel Women share a passion for cycling and supporting the community. They are a group of like-minded women who ride together and whom, like many other early morning cyclists are confronted with the realities of people doing it tough by being forced to sleep rough on the streets.
Participants at the start line.
From these concerns a plan was born.
Get 50 riders on a start line who will each donate $50 as their registration fee to participate in a ride around the Swan River during Homelessness Week. The money is then donated to the Ruah Community Services ‘50 Lives, 50 Homes’ program. The program takes people experiencing homelessness off the streets and into a home with wraparound services to support them getting back on their feet.
Watch the start of the race here.
At the conclusion of the race participants congregated at Dôme Westralia Plaza to hear from several representatives with lived experience of homelessness.
Applause and encouragement from the support team as they head towards the finish.
Tara, Homelessness Week Representative.
The final donation figure was a contribution of nearly $8,000 which significantly contributed to housing two people with wraparound services.
The Crankin Wheel Women
Thanks to Beyond Bank, Lotterywest, Department of Communities and Ruah Community Services – and the Crankin Wheel Women for their support.
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