Father inspires son’s ride from Perth

Pierra WillixSouth Western Times

In memory of his father, Eaton 11-year-old Eliah Munro will be riding from Perth to Bunbury to raise money for Beyond Blue.

After his father Andy died nearly four years ago, Eliah decided to undertake the challenge, which would be used to raise awareness about mental health issues.

Eliah has been involved in a number of fundraising efforts over the last few years, including being involved in the Relay for Life and World’s Greatest Shave but decided to do the bike ride this time around – an idea inspired by his dad.

“About 20 years ago my dad was living in the Eastern States and was going to Kalgoorlie for a job interview,” he said.

“When he got to Adelaide a lot of his possessions were stolen so he went and bought a bike and then cycled all the way to Kalgoorlie.”

Eliah’s mum Mel said the story had become a bit of family folklore, which she said had led Eliah to dedicate the effort to his father.

“He really enjoys fundraising and doing something genuinely good, he is very self-motivated to do this thing,” he said.

“This is all him, I’m just making it happen.”

Eliah said his dad had also done a ride from Kalgoorlie to Margaret River and he wanted to do something similar.

“I also decided to raise money for Beyond Blue because they help people with anxiety and depression,” he said.

Eliah will ride on a bike donated by Malaga Cycles on April 16 and 17 and said he was hoping to raise more than $2500.

“My original target was $2000 but we had got half that in a few days so decided to increase it,” he said.

Eliah encouraged people to donate and said he was hoping the ride would help raise awareness about mental health issues.

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