Ride For Youth

A Youth Focus event for the prevention of youth suicide and depression

About The Ride

How it all began

The Hawaiian Ride for Youth began in 2003 when a small group of recreational cyclists 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 $12,500,000 to support Youth Focus to assist young West Australians in need.

The Ride

The Hawaiian Ride for Youth is held annually in March across 5 days with riders covering over 700kms on their way from Albany to Perth.  

On their journey the riders stop at high schools to engage the students in the issues of youth suicide, depression and self-harm and the services that Youth Focus provide. The riders also share their personal stories and experiences as many have been touched in some way by these very personal issues.

In 2012 two pelotons took part for the first time, and the 2015 Ride is set to be the biggest yet, with a record number of riders involved and two exciting new components: the addition of the Wheatbelt route, and the CEO Challenge. The CEO Challenge will give CEOs and owners of companies sponsoring the Hawaiian Ride for Youth the opportunity to participate in the final leg of the Ride from Mandurah to Perth. Along with nearly 150 Hawaiian Ride for Youth riders, the CEO Challengers will ride into Kings Park for the Welcome Home Ceremony on Saturday 9 April 2016. 

The prime objectives of the Hawaiian Ride for Youth are:

  • to raise awareness of the issues concerning youth suicide, depression and self-harm
  • to raise awareness of the services provided by Youth Focus
  • to raise funds for Youth Focus

Although the Ride provides opportunity for personal growth and achievement, particularly for persons who do not come from a cycling background, the main objective of the Ride will always remain a charitable one.


The Hawaiian Ride for Youth is Youth Focus’ largest fundraising event. Since its inception in 2003 the Ride has raised over $12.5 million for Youth Focus (see table below). In 2009 the Ride won the Special Events’ category of the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s (FIA) National Awards for Excellence in Fundraising and in 2012 the Ride won the Best Charity Event at the Australian Events Awards.

2003 24 $150,000
2004 29 $309,000
2005 38 $350,000
2006 40 $515,000
2007 40 $560,000
2008 40 $665,000
2009 36 $458,000
2010 44 $748,000
2011 50 $941,500
2012 93 $2,016,600
2013 79 $1,632,700
2014 109 $1,947,780
2015 138 $2,424,548

The fundraising target for the 2015 Ride was $1,750,000

Raising awareness within the community

The awareness raised for Youth Focus from the Hawaiian Ride for Youth is equally as important as the funds raised. The riders not only create awareness about Youth Focus through their individual fundraising campaigns but also participate in wind-training sessions (cycling on a stationary bike) at local shopping centres (including the Herdsman and Hawaiian retail outlets) during the lead up to the Ride.

Further information:

p: 08 6266 4333 | e: admin@rideforyouth.com.au

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