First time rider, long time supporter.
Suicide is the leading cause of death among young Australians.
This is such an important annual event helping the team at Youth Focus continue providing invaluable support to young people. Making it even more poignant is that this is the 20th year of the Hawaiian Ride For Youth.
I've been fortunate to work with the team at Youth Focus in a professional capacity, and I can not speak highly enough of just how terrific an organisation it is!
The ongoing support and incredible outcomes they deliver in assisting young people facing or dealing with mental health issues is truly remarkable.
And what makes it even more important are the stark statistsics about youth suicide in Western Australia, and nationwide.
In the last year, youth suicide has risen by a staggering 18%.
Funding to support mental health has never been more urgent than right now!
This is my first Hawaiian Ride For Youth, so I'm excited and slightly daunted by the upcoming ride week covering 700km in five days; but the training I've already completed (and conitnue to practice three times per week) has helped immensely.
But this small sacrifice is nothing compared the pain and suffering that some of our younger Australians are facing right now.
Please consider donating to my ride; it's obvioulsy an important issue and your support can help save lives of young Australians. Thank you.
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