Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 9:32am
Hawaiian Ride for Youth wins 'Best Charity or Cause-Related Event' in the Australian Event Awards
Last night the Hawaiian Ride for Youth was announced as the winner of the 'Best Charity or Cause Related Event' category in the Australian Event Awards held at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
The Hawaiian Ride for Youth is an annual cycling event and is Youth Focus' largest fundraising activity. It is held in March with riders cycling over 700km's as they travel from Albany to Perth over four and a half days. The participants must reach a minimum fundraising target of $5,000 each and this is on top of each personpaying a personal donation of $1,250.
Aside from the fundraising commitment, riders must also complete a strenuous six-month training program, riding three mornings a week with 5am starts.
On their journey the riders stop at high schools to engage the students in the issues of youth suicide, depression and self harm as well as the service that Youth Focus provides. Youth Focus estimates that in the past 10 years they have engaged with some 10,000 high school students, with 2,500 students visited during the 2012 ride.
This year's Hawaiian Ride for Youth was the 10th anniversary of the event, which saw a record number of riders and a massive fundraising total of $2,016,600.