Hi, my name is Matt Gibbs and thanks for coming to my fundraising page.
I'm back for 2020!
2019s Hawaiian Ride for Youth was my first time as a cyclist, but have been in the HR4Y family for a while now. I was introduced to the Ride for Youth by my wife (then girlfriend), Lynda when she supported her first ride in 2012 as a Massage Therapist. As soon as I found out about the cause, I knew I had to get involved. I have now been on two rides as Support Crew and one as a cyclist, and Lynda has supported six as a Massage Therapist over the past 7 years; this year will be her seventh! In 2016/17 I was a Mentor with the Youth Focus mentoring program and saw firsthand the impact that Youth Focus is having on the youth in WA.
I grew up with depression very much prevalent in our home as my Mum battled for many years. My Dad was affected while I was in High School and I suffered throughout my time at university. While I have learnt over the years that it is vitally important to maintain your mental and spiritual health, I was incredibly lucky to be surrounded by people who understood, and many young West Australians are not as fortunate. Youth Focus is there to support young people and their families as they work through their troubles empowering this generation to help the next.
The work that Youth Focus does with young people in WA is so important and I can't wait to continue supporting this group of amazing people.
Please give as generously as you can and forward this link to as many people as possible.
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