After stuffing my grossly overweight body into lycra to do the CEO ride in 2017, I have made the silly mistake of committing to undertake the full 2018 Hawaiian Ride for Youth in a bid to raise funds and awareness for the prevention of youth suicide and self-harm. So sorry Perth to visually torment you with images of me in lycra, but hopefully I will continue to slim down in the lead up to the "big" ride.
Having been blessed with four happy healthy now young adult children and having a bit of a "troubled" time during my younger years this is a cause that is very close to my heart. I have already started the early morning training, up at 4:40 am three times a week and will do at least 7,000 km in training alone before embarking on the 700 km journey from Albany to Perth. Yes - a "big" ride indeed for a first year bike rider!
All funds raised will go directly towards the Youth Focus charity. Youth Focus is a WA-based not-for-profit organisation that works with young people aged 12-25 to help them overcome issues associated with depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. They provide free, unlimited and professional face-to-face counselling and other mental health services.
With suicide being the biggest killer of young Australians, accounting for more deaths of young persons than car accidents, Youth Focus provides extremely important services to the WA community.
I will be making a personal contribution that well and truly covers my training, food and accommodation expenses, so all donations go directly to Youth Focus and not one dollar is wasted. If you would like to make a contribution to this very worthy cause, please head to the link below:
I am riding with the Hawaiian team and very proud to be representing my great mate Russell Gibbs's business and our team will be arranging several fundraising events in the lead up to the ride so look out for notices on these and please join us for a bit if fun.
Thank you for your support.
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