Day Three: Inland
Day three on the Inland route started with a warm morning and a tough ride thanks to the hilly terrain between Bridgetown and Boyup Brook. Riders were spurred on by the lively support crew, who were dressed as hippies and led an entertaining warm up before getting on the road.
The peloton arrived at Boyup Brook District High School to cheers from the students, who quickly engulfed the riders as soon as they dismounted to ask questions about the ride.
The Early Childhood Department at the school had whipped up an awe-inspiring array of food for morning tea and received cheers of thanks from the riders and support crew.
After morning tea, third year rider Isabelle Andrews gave an emotive and powerful presentation to the students about her experience with an eating disorder, and the added isolation that this fostered throughout her youth. Her message to the students was very clear – talk to someone about what you’re going through because people do care about you and they will understand.
Izzy also spoke about her desire to see the Hawaiian Ride for Youth normalise mental health and open up more conversations about the issues young people face today.
Following the presentation, the riders stopped in at Fred Scharf Lions Memorial Park for lunch before heading to Collie Senior High School for the second school presentation for the day.
Sonya Proctor, from the Schrole team, gave a thought-provoking presentation about her personal struggles with depression and the ripple effect that it had on her life. The students asked some pertinent questions about mental health which allowed the riders and Youth Focus staff to engage with the young people on a meaningful level.
The riders ended the day at Collie Ridge Motel with plenty of time to relax and recuperate.