Candidate helps to spread anti-violence message

Mr Dickerson sets himself 200-lap challenge in aid of domestic violence awareness


Independent candidate Mathew Dickerson will swap four wheels for two on Friday morning as he supports the Clontarf Foundation’s efforts in raising awareness of domestic violence.


On Friday 30 November Mr Dickerson will attempt to ride 200 laps of the Victoria Park Cycling Track in support of the event. He will join boys from Dubbo College’s Clontarf Academies as he attempts to complete the challenge within three hours, commencing at 7am.


The Dubbo bike relay initiative was developed in 2015 by Clontarf Delroy Campus director, Michael Lee, during which time a record of 5,195 laps was set in the 12-hour timeframe. Riders successfully broke this record the following year when they set a new benchmark of 7,622 laps and endeavour to continue exceeding their limits come Friday.


“The Clontarf Foundation has hosted this event twice previously where young men attend and do laps of the cycling track in an effort to raise awareness of domestic violence,” Mr Dickerson said.


“It is a positive way of raising awareness in the wake of White Ribbon Day held on 23 November and the idea is to get young men involved while setting, working toward and achieving an otherwise challenging result.


“I am honoured to have been invited to participate in the relay and strongly believe that through prevention initiatives such as this, we as a community are working toward a future free from violence and abuse.”


The Clontarf Foundation works with young Aboriginal men in a range of locations across Australia. In Dubbo they operate from the Delroy campus.


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