Words: Ray Davis
December 6th, 2011
STINGRAYS HIT THE ROAD FOR CHARITY
The second South East Clontarf Academy’s Norseman to Esperance community fundraising Bike Ride was held in early November, 2011.
Nine young Clontarf men from the SEFA along with Academy Director Glen Symonds tackled the 200km fundraiser on there bikes to raise monies for local community groups.
Story from local paper before the ride (Esperance Express)
Local charity groups: Escare, Under the Gum Tree, Disability Services and Esperance Care Services all benefited from the generous support of the sponsors and the dedicated work put in by the riders and there support crew.
Ready to ride
The riders and crew spent the first night in Norseman with an early to bed knowing that the next two days were going to be a hard slog.
A big breakfast on Tuesday morning along with an inspiring prep talk from SEFA Director Glen Symonds saw the boys ready to hit the road in near perfect conditions for the first leg of the ride to Salmon Gums.
On the Highway
Brandon Dimer cooling down
The boys made great time over the first 100km and we arrived in Salmon gums at 2.30pm and headed for Nulsen Primary School Deputy Principal Naomi Bailye’s property on the out skirts of town where we set up camp for the night.
The boys still had a little energy left so a game of cricket before a big dinner got everyone ready for a good nights sleep.
Blair Jarzabek waiting for an edge as Jye Reynolds plays and misses
Early morning sun rise
Wednesday morning saw everyone up bright and early and into a cooked breakfast before a rousing team building speech from Blair Jarzabek had the boys back in the saddle for the final 100km.
Moral boosting speech from Blair motivates the boys into action on Day 2
Another perfect bike riding day and the determination of the riders along with a slight tale wind had us steaming back into Esperance at 2pm to a rousing reception from parents and supporters.
A big thank you to Nulsen Primary School Deputy Principal Naomi Bailye for letting us camp up at her property at the end of Day 1.
Thanks to our support crew Nat Symonds and Paul Griffiths and big thanks also goes to the Esperance Senior High School for there support and the use of the bikes.
Also thanks to Murray Pownall for the use of the PCYC bus and CBH Esperance for there support.
SEFA Director Glen Symonds close to the action
The peleton in action
Thanks also go to the guys from Santos, Seow Kim Wah, Barry Myers, David Crane and Michael Hackett, great blokes to have along on the ride, with there encouragement, humour and support going along way to making the event the success it was.
The downhill run into Esperance
A big thanks to all the sponsors whose generosity is unbelievable with a special thanks to Rick and staff from Ricardo’s Pizza and Pasta, your hard work and the time and effort given by yourselves is much appreciated.
Story after bike ride (Esperance Express)
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