Hawaiian Ride for Youth
The 2016 Hawaiian Ride for Youth was another magnificent success with a record $2.26M raised to maintain the free, unlimited mental health services offered by Youth Focus to the young people of Western Australia.
A record-breaking 142 riders participated in the Ride, visiting 19 schools and presenting to more than 3,500 students on positive mental health. The commitment of the Riders is incredible, training together for a total of six months, raising funds together, and finally, riding the 700km from Albany to Perth in three tight pelotons along coastal, inland and wheatbelt routes.
Youth Focus is privileged to have such a wonderful group of advocates in the community, and is extremely appreciative of the support of long-time partner, Hawaiian.
The prime objectives of the Hawaiian Ride for Youth are:
- to raise funds for Youth Focus
- to raise awareness of the issues concerning youth suicide, depression and self-harm
- to raise awareness of the services provided by Youth Focus
How it all began
The Hawaiian Ride for Youth began in 2003 when a small group of social riders decided to combine their resources and raise funds for Youth Focus to assist in the prevention of youth suicide, depression and self-harm. Knowing that each and every teenage suicide affects hundreds of people, families, friends and neighbours, the Riders felt this issue was a concern the whole community needed to address. Incredibly from humble beginnings in 2003 the event has raised more than $13M to support Youth Focus to assist young Western Australians in need.
To find out more about the Hawaiian Ride for Youth, please visit www.rideforyouth.com.au or contact the Youth Focus events team on (08) 6266 4333.