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Post Cocktail Party Wrap Up

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Recently participants and supporters of the 2021 Hawaiian Ride for Youth were finally able to come together to celebrate this year’s incredible achievements.

As part of a long-standing tradition, the riders and support crew who have participated in five Rides were recognised with the presentation of a commemorative key chain.

Those who attended on the night were treated to a special form of entertainment – confusion – as we regrettably overlooked acknowledging the riders and support crew who would have completed their fifth ride in 2020. Congratulations to the legends who missed their Ride due the cancellation of the event – it still counts! We’d of course like to recognise our riders and support crew who completed their fifth ride this year – full list of five and six year riders below (click to enlarge):

On behalf of the Ride Organising Committee, Youth Focus and fellow participants, congratulations to all the riders and support crew below on reaching their fifth year in 2020 or 2021. Thank you for your ongoing and unwavering commitment to the cause – you are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of young people dealing with mental health challenges.

Spirit of the Ride

Another very special part of the cocktail ceremony is the announcement of the ‘Spirit of the Ride’ recipient, in memory of Geoff Rasmussen. This award recognises a first-year rider who exemplifies the attributes and example set by Geoff in capturing the spirit of this iconic event.

This year, the Rasmussen family (Bronwyn, Sami and Josh) presented this meaningful award to Mandy Black. Mandy was selected for her positive and vibrant attitude, her commitment to fundraising and her growth as a rider. Through her Hawaiian Ride for Youth journey, Mandy overcame her fear of riding on the road and has since been dubbed ‘The Hill Queen.’

Introducing…the 20th Anniversary Special Heritage Peloton

Wayne Bradshaw (Rider #1) shared his insights into the origins of the Hawaiian Ride for Youth, anecdotes from that first Ride and how far it has come from a group of Floreat fathers wanting to give back to their community. He also announced the Heritage Peloton – a special edition for the 20th anniversary of the Ride.

The Heritage Peloton is by invitation only and will follow the original route from Perth to Albany, via Walpole, Pemberton, Bunbury and Mandurah. Places for the Heritage Peloton are limited to 60 riders, with the founding 24 riders receiving their invitations first, followed by Hall of Fame inductees and finally the HRFY alumni, based on number of Rides completed.

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