After stuffing my grossly overweight body into lycra to do the CEO challenge in 2017, I have taken a leap and committed to undertaking the full 700km Hawaiian Ride for Youth in 2018,which means visually tormenting Perth drivers for another year with my lycra clad fat!
For an old bloke with a knee replacement this 700km ride is no easy feat! I have already started the early morning training sessions with the team (up at 4:30 am, three to four times a week) and I will complete at least 7000 km on the bike in training alone before embarking on the big journey from Albany to Perth. Whilst the physical challenge is one part of the journey for me, there is a much bigger and more important reason that I have chosen to participate in the ride from Albany to Perth along the coastal route.
I’ve been blessed with four happy, healthy, now young-adult children but having experienced a bit of a "troubled" time during my younger years, this is a cause that is very close to my heart. No one should have to feel alone or unsupported when experiencing depression, anxiety, self-harm or suicidal thoughts. We want to believe that if someone is not feeling ok, they will reach out to us for help and we will know how to ‘fix it’. A lot of the time, this just isn’t the case. We need to change this.
Youth Focus aims to understand young people and their difficulties within the broader context of their lives, including family, friends, school and their local community. This understanding acknowledges the effect of past experiences, the significance of current issues and circumstances, and the nature of adolescence as a life stage. By providing free, unlimited, professional counseling and other mental health services, Youth Focus helps young people overcome these issues. The Hawaiian Ride for Youth provides a critical amount of funding to support the great work that Youth Focus does to help save kids lives.
I am riding with the Hawaiian team and very proud to be representing my great mate Russell Gibbs’ business. However without your support this is just a bike ride when it needs to be a fundraiser. If you would like to make a contribution to this very worthy cause, please head to this link:
All donations will go directly to Youth Focus and not one dollar is wasted. Every dollar helps to save a life that could otherwise be lost. All donations are tax deductible.
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