Marathon 30-hour cycling effort nets nearly $10,000 for Youth Focus

 

John Farnhill and supporter Chris Gaskell with just under two minutes left on the clock.

John Farnhill and supporter Chris Gaskell with just under two minutes left on the clock.

ECU’s John Farnhill decided to put his own spin on youth mental health issues, spending 30 hours riding a stationary bike recently to raise money for suicide prevention.

John was in the saddle in ECU Sports and Recreation centre raising money for the Lavan Legal Spin for Youth Focus from 9am 22 April until 3pm the following day, even teaching a class of students while peddling towards his goal.

“Sure I had sore legs at the end of it, but compared to what some young people out there in the community are going through, it’s nothing,” he said.

“There are teenagers and young adults in WA who think there’s nowhere to go when they are having dark thoughts so I’m doing this to help raise awareness that it should be more acceptable to seek help.”

John raised more than $6000 towards his goal of $10,000 to be donated to youth suicide prevention charity Youth Focus.

Youth Focus Chief Executive Jenny Allen said the organisation relied on the support from the community to provide its services.

“Without people like John, Youth Focus would not have the capacity to impact so positively on the lives of so many young people,” she said.

To donate visit the website at:  http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/2014lavanlegalspinforyouthfocus

Thanks to David Gear from ECU for this write-up.

Youth Focus General Manager Operations Felicite Black with John after his 30-hour cycle.

Youth Focus General Manager Operations Felicite Black with John after his 30-hour cycle.

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