Manjimup Speedway junior vice-president Colby Bosley couldn’t be prouder of his recent fundraising efforts – more than doubling his goal!
Colby recently held a fundraising dinner and auction at the Manjimup Gateway Hotel, as well as a fundraiser at the Tyrepower Manjimup Speedway, supported by Junior Speedway Racing Association, raising a total of $20,405.02 for Youth Focus.
Colby had the initial goal of raising $10,000 for Youth Focus, which provides mental-health support to West Australians aged 12 to 25. Through his fundraising efforts, Colby wanted to make it easier for young people and their families to access mental health services locally, as well as break down the stigma around mental health issues.
Local Youth Focus counsellor Melissa White attended both events and addressed parents and adults at the fundraising dinner about Youth Focus’ presence in the local community, as well as ways of supporting young people with their mental health. At the Speedway event, Melissa also spoke to the young drivers about reaching out for support if needed.
To express their gratitude to Colby, Youth Focus are holding a celebratory afternoon tea at Southern Roasting Co Café in Manjimup on Monday, May 29.
Youth Focus CEO Derry Simpson said she was humbled by Colby’s efforts and the support of the Manjimup community.
“It’s great to see a community come together to raise money and – even more importantly – mental health awareness. Mental-health issues impact young people all across WA, and the more we can do to break down the stigma, the better.
“Thank you so much to Colby for his incredible efforts – we’re truly grateful.”