Motorcycle riders across the Ipswich region are invited to join in a new event designed to raise awareness of the issue of domestic and family violence.
The Ulysses Club’s ‘Ride for Awareness of Domestic and Family Violence’ will be held at Brothers Ipswich, Sunday May 3.
The inaugural ride is being organised by the Ipswich Branch of the Ulysses Club Incorporated to coincide with the last day of the 2015 Ipswich Festival.
Cr Bruce Casos said the Club hoped to attract more than 300 participants.
“The club plan to make the Ride an annual event and are looking to grow it along the same lines as the Ipswich Annual Toy Run which started in 1996 with 30 motorcycles and has grown to 640 motorcycles in 2014.
“The club is passionate about providing awareness of domestic and family violence in the community and believe the Ride is a unique way of promoting a clear message of no tolerance.
“The event will form part of the 2015 Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month activities held in May each year.”
The ride is also supported by the Domestic Violence Action Centre, the Ipswich Says No To Violence Committee co-ordinated by council, Ipswich Police and the SEQ Branches of the Ulysses Club Inc as well as other social motorcycle clubs and individual riders.
The event is being promoted as a family activity for all community members to attend and will include information stalls from various regional community organisations as well as food and drink stalls.
Entertainment will include a band, free face painting, jumping castle and a ‘Show ‘n Shine’ for the motorcycles where the general public can vote for their choices.
Further information and registration is available online from the club at www.ipswichulysses.com or by contacting Amanda on 0413 420 970.
For persons who are experiencing Domestic or Family Violence support is available through Domestic Violence Action Centre (formerly Ipswich Women’s Centre Against Domestic Violence) on 3816 3000.