Goal $2,000,000

Day One: Coastal Route

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Day one of this year’s Hawaiian Ride for Youth went well for all on the coastal route.

The morning started with a moving and meaningful 15th anniversary ‘special’ at North Albany Senior High School. A highlight of both the school and Ride calendar, the riders and support crew were welcomed enthusiastically by all at the school and gratefully received a cheque for $1,600, which the students raised from their largest annual fundraiser, a jogathon. Mica, Andrew and Natalie from the Youth Focus and headspace Albany offices joined the celebrations, too.

The Deputy Mayor of Albany officially opened the Hawaiian Ride for Youth. Team Maca rider, David Kent then shared a motivating and inspirational personal story for the students, promoting positive mental health and coping skills, before the students bombarded him with considered and thoughtful questions.

The second and final school visit for the day was Denmark Senior High School. The school put on a generous lunchtime spread for the riders and support crew, before entering the school gym for presentations. The school principal presented a cheque for $280, which the students raised last Friday in their “Free dress for friendship” day (their response to the National Day of Action Against Bullying).

Team Vimy riders – Mike Young and Nic Funga presented, with Nick (who turned 18 on Saturday) sharing a moving personal account of his childhood and his distress at losing a friend to suicide last year. He took the students on his journey and left them in a safe and empowering place, with strong messages about the importance of seeking help and speaking out.

The coastal peloton has reached Walpole in great spirits, ahead of the storm expected this evening.

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