As a lot of you know I completed the Hawaiian Ride for Youth in March 2019, which saw me (and a lot of other wonderful people) ride some 700kms from Albany to Perth. This time last year I was terrified about the prospect of not being able to complete the ride. Well, here I am again, still worried but with a year under my belt I figure I can help this wonderful cause once again.
During the ride we pop into schools and have the opportunity to talk with young people about the importance of mental health, strategies to promote resilience, and the importance of seeking support & talking to someone (some of them just want to know how much our bikes cost!).
Part of my commitment is to raise funds, which will allow Youth Focus to continue to provide early intervention and prevention services free of charge (yes free of charge). These services, delivered by a team of highly skilled psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists are aimed at supporting young people and their families to overcome the issues associated with suicide depression, anxiety and self-harm.
If you are in a position to assist my fundraising it would be greatly appreciated.
A huge thank you to you all.
PS - My profile picture is me (obviously) crossing the finish line in Kings Park March 2019. What an emotional moment. I did not see my nieces 4 year-old daughter (Mum and daughter had travelled from Melbourne as a surprise to welcome me in) standing right at the finish line with a 'Go Tani' sign. You can see Sadie on the right with the sign in her hand and her Nana just behind her who also travelled all the way from Melbourne.
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