I feel very privileged to be a part of the 2022 Hawaiian Ride for Youth Heritage ride, a ride celebrating our 20 years of commitment to Youth Focus and young Western Australians challenged by mental health issues.
2022 will be my 12th Hawaiian Ride for Youth and will also be the 8th Ride for my wife Barbara as support crew member and #1 massage therapist. .
People often ask me why I get out of bed at 4.30 in the morning 4 or 5 days a week to train in all sorts of weather and then ride 700 kms from Albany to Perth (in all sorts of weather). The answer is simple.
We have 6 older children who have successfully navigated their teens, and although there have been bumps along the way, all are in a pretty good place. We also have a gorgeous granddaughter who has yet to face those challenges. We have been blessed. However, and as disappointing as it is, the numbers of Western Australian youth challenged by mental illness continues to rise.
If you or your family have not been touched by mental illness or suicide, you are extremely lucky. I had a brother take his own life and at least one of our kids has lost a friend to suicide.
If riding a bike can help me raise some money to allow Youth Focus to continue to provide valuable, free support to our challenged youth, then I'll ride that bike (in all sorts of weather) and over whatever distance it takes to have you put your hand in your pocket and donate to our cause.
Please dig deep to support our youth. Donations are tax deductible.
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