Hawaiian Ride for Youth raises a record $2.4 million

The record-breaking 2017 Hawaiian Ride for Youth has broken yet another record with $2,486,637 being raised to date.

The total surpasses last year’s $2.356 million and is likely to rise higher as further donations are received.

The Ride, which has become known as one of Western Australia’s premier charity events, raises awareness and funds for Youth Focus and its work in preventing youth suicide and depression among young Western Australians.

Youth Focus CEO Fiona Kalaf said the event, which has so far raised a total of more than $17 million since it started in 2003, could not have achieved such outstanding success without the support of Western Australian businesses, metropolitan and regional communities, schools and dedicated individuals, especially the riders and support crews.

“This year the Hawaiian Ride for Youth had a record number of 173 riders, a record number of 34 sponsored teams, 16 CEO Challengers, a record number of 35 female riders and a record number of 47 support crew members,” Ms Kalaf said.

“A record number of 23 regional high schools also took part with more than 3,500 students and hundreds of local community members becoming involved.

“Without the amazing support of every single business and individual, an event of this magnitude could not achieve the results we continue to see – results that not only encompass fundraising but also increased awareness about the importance of positive mental health.

“So a big thank you to the Western Australian community – your generosity will ensure that thousands more young people aged 12-25 will get the free, professional counselling services that they need.”

Over 4 ½ days from March 21-25 this year, the 173 riders cycled to Perth on three routes from Albany to Perth – Coastal, Inland and Wheatbelt – as well as on a new Mid West route from Geraldton.

Each group of riders covered about 700 km to Perth via regional towns including Katanning, Narrogin, Walpole, Pemberton, Busselton, Frankland River, Bridgetown, Gnowangerup, Manjimup, Collie and Mandurah on the Coastal, Inland and Wheatbelt routes, and Geraldton, Morawa, Dalwallinu, New Norcia and Northam on the Mid West route.

Sixteen CEO Challengers met up with riders in Mandurah and completed the 80 km into Kings Park.

Youth Focus CEO, Fiona Kalaf said the statistics around suicide were alarming, with one Western Australian taking their own life every day.

“This is why events like the Hawaiian Ride for Youth are so important in raising awareness about mental health issues as well as raising the funds needed to support vulnerable young people,” Ms Kalaf said.

To donate or for more information visit rideforyouth.com.au

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