A super effort

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
The Superkids Superheroes scooter challenge will this year complete 700 laps around the Bridgetown Trotting Track to raise money for The Kids' Cancer Project.
Camera IconThe Superkids Superheroes scooter challenge will this year complete 700 laps around the Bridgetown Trotting Track to raise money for The Kids' Cancer Project.

Bridgetown’s Superkids Superheroes took place last Friday and Saturday, raising money for childhood cancer research.

Event founder Simon Kane said they raised $6522 over the weekend and their online fundraiser had doubled to around $9092.81.

“We felt really supported by the community and everyone had a really good time, it was very successful,” he said.

“It was fantastic to have the local community support us, usually they see us take off and they don’t see us again.”

Sisters Stevie and Abby, both 8, and Phoebe Jackson, 10, support the parade with their superhero-dressed dog Jake.
Camera IconSisters Stevie and Abby, both 8, and Phoebe Jackson, 10, support the parade with their superhero-dressed dog Jake. Credit: Catherine Massey/Catherine Massey

The event started with a scooter parade through Bridgetown, before heading to the Bridgetown Trotting Track for the 24-hour marathon, with the riders covering 1080km, 480km more than their 600km target.

“We couldn’t do it without the support from our crew, they are just amazing, they turn up every year, they do their bit to help out”, Mr Kane said.

The finale of the marathon saw the riders and the Bridgetown police stage a mock chase.

About $2000 was raised by St Brigid’s student Jarvis Hinds, who had his head shaved on the day.

This was the fifth year the Superkids Superheroes challenge has taken place to raise vital funds for childhood cancer
Camera IconThis was the fifth year the Superkids Superheroes challenge has taken place to raise vital funds for childhood cancer

As well as the marathon, a family fun day took place from midday on Saturday, with profits raised from food and drinks going to the fundraiser.

There was a surprise appearance from Donnybrook professional freestyle motocross rider Josh Sheehan, the first man to land a triple backflip on a motorcycle.

“Simon is a friend of a friend, my friend told me about this weekend, I love trying to help out with kids in need of all sorts,” he said.

“It sounded like a fun day and if it’s raising funds for kids, then for sure, I’m all for it.”

This was the fifth year the Superkids Superheroes challenge has taken place to raise vital funds for childhood cancer
Camera IconThis was the fifth year the Superkids Superheroes challenge has taken place to raise vital funds for childhood cancer

Mr Kane said it was good to have Mr Sheehan in attendance.

“He had a good time, he was doing some wheelies on his motorbike in front of the crowd,” he said.

Julia Hogan and Dean Mcullen suited up for the parade with hopes of raising awareness on Childhood Cancer
Camera IconJulia Hogan and Dean Mcullen suited up for the parade with hopes of raising awareness on Childhood Cancer
Bethany Rutten, 13, and Sophie Amato, 12, ready to set off in the parade.
Camera IconBethany Rutten, 13, and Sophie Amato, 12, ready to set off in the parade.
Guest Josh Sheehan and event founder Simon Kane.Picture: Tristan Wheeler
Camera IconGuest Josh Sheehan and event founder Simon Kane.Picture: Tristan Wheeler Credit: Tristan Wheeler/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times
A rider takes part in the 24-hour scooter marathon.
Camera IconA rider takes part in the 24-hour scooter marathon. Credit: Tristan Wheeler/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times, Tristan Wheeler

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