PERTH LAVERTON CC RIDER PROFILES

KYLIE STIRK

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FULL NAME

Kylie Stirk

WHY ARE YOU DOING THE RIDE?

In a word – Friends- I feel I’m lucky to work with Aboriginal groups who are all so different, in my job. Many have become my good friends. I get to learn from them what so many people don’t have an opportunity to ever discover. And there is always more to learn!
Last year I was a volunteer/rider, one of the best things (apart from riding some distances I never had before and in parts of WA I have never been) was to see the enjoyment of my friends sharing what matters to them – their Country, culture, and community. And in turn, seeing and hearing what other people on the ride got from these yarning sessions. Australia’s history is incredible, ancient, and also conflicted and disturbing. But the moments we all played a part in last year’s ride make me believe that if there can be more of these opportunities for more people to participate in, reconciliation and recognition is indeed possible- even if it is on a small scale.

Why have I decided to do it again – well this time I want to ride the whole way, AND three of my friends signed up. I do feel a teeny bit responsible for them, and also can’t wait to share the journey with them. This is not an experience you can get from a tourist operator. At the centre of this are the variables of trust and relationships that are only built with time.

WHY DO YOU WANT TO FUNDRAISE FOR THE PERTH LAVERTON CYCLING PROJECT?

Acts of kindness from strangers, that come without obligation or condition, can sometimes lift people out of dark places. These acts let people know they are recognised, valued and respected just for ‘being’.
Whether it’s a simple smile from a stranger on a Monday morning that brightens your (and their day for giving it to you) or donating your coffee money towards changing the life path of a kid you may never meet – I personally feel that experiencing moments like this are important, and hopefully are always remembered.

When I think of the difference the funds that you all help us to raise for the LCP, I think of the effect on the kids we met last year. One of the many moments that sticks out for me is watching the confidence grow for one little girl, to ride on the pump track for the very first time. She called out so excited – “I did it, I’m doing it!” She transformed from too scared to attempt it before, to not wanting to get off.
The LCP helped to make that happy memory, for her, and for those of us watching it.
What if we could bottle that, and multiply it over and over?

You can support Kylie’s fundraising with a tax-deductible donation here: https://asf.org.au/communities/exercise-institute/kyles-stirk/