Page 4940 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 25 October 2011

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Garema Place on Saturday, which coincided with the launch of Joe Rider, an initiative that will encourage road users to look out for riders wearing specially designed Joe Rider vests.

The pink ribbon ride was held today and was organised by Girls on the Move. The gear study talk is being held at the Hellenic Club tonight, featuring Liz De Rome, a leading expert in motorcycle safety gear. On Friday there will be a ride to work Friday, followed by breakfast at the east lawn area of King Edward Terrace, and Saturday will see the annual Vietnam vets poker run.

The event will culminate in BikeFest 2011 to be held at EPIC on Sunday, 30 October, where there will be dealer displays, club displays, gymkhana events and the show and shine. I encourage everyone here to attend as many events as they can.

I would like to acknowledge the executive members of the Motorcycle Riders Association of the ACT: president, Jennifer Woods; senior vice president, Dave Ault; vice president, Kathleen Parsons; secretary, Nicky Hussey; and treasurer, Sylvia Sinfield.

As the name suggests, the aim of the week is to raise awareness of motorcycles on our roads and highlight the issues that face riders. I would also like to acknowledge the many member organisations of the MRA.

Recently I enjoyed going for a ride around Canberra with Jen Woods and Peter Major to gain an understanding of some of the issues facing the 36,000 licensed riders in the ACT. The Canberra Liberals support motorcycle riding in the territory and we are keen to work with riders and the association to do all we can to make riding a bike safer and more enjoyable.

I encourage members to visit to learn about the association and the events happening this week.

Junior Diabetes Research Foundation

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (5.47): I rise tonight to talk about the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation walk for a cure, which occurred at Lake Burley Griffin on Sunday morning. This is an event that takes place across Australia, and it was a particularly good event that was conducted here in Canberra. The event is to support the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation to raise funds, and it was good to see the many hundreds of Canberrans who turned out to support the event by walking around the lake. I would particularly like to note the attendance of Ross Solly, the 666 radio presenter, who was doing the emceeing for the day. It was very good to see him there contributing his time, and I note he did the walk as well. I also note the attendance of Senator Gary Humphries, who opened the event and got the walkers off.

There are many people who contribute to the JDRF across Canberra. We had an event at the Brassey Hotel in August where the president hosted a number of MLAs. Mr Seselja was there, as he was at the walk on Sunday with his family. I would particularly like thank Mark Sprout and Mark Gibson-Huck from the Brassey Hotel for their support of JDRF.

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