Goal $2,000,000

Alumni News | March 2021


Hi Everyone!

Here we are, one lockdown completed and three weeks from the start of the 2021 Ride. By now, you would have all had your peloton’s individual briefing session, and many of you also attended the ‘Final Briefing’ last week. I hope these sessions provided you with everything you need to know before you go! If you have any queries, please reach out to your Captain or your Event Director.

We’ve got our final time trial on Saturday, 6 March – a lazy 40kms, which I’m sure is a breeze for everyone! Once again, our fantastic support crew will be meeting you all at Perry Lakes to cook up a BBQ after your time trial.  David Stobie will also be running a workshop on short cuts to changing tyres which will be very useful for those first-time riders.

In this edition of the newsletter, we get to know our 2021 Event Directors, share our COVID safety plans and protocols for Ride Week and the Welcome Home Ceremony.

For the 2021 Welcome Home Ceremony, you’ll be riding into the prestigious grounds of UWA, with the ceremony being held on Riley Oval, Hackett Drive. Please encourage your friends and family to come down from 10.30am to enjoy the food trucks and family-friendly activities before cheering you on as you cross the finish line.

Don’t forget there are additional avenues for fundraising available to all riders looking for a boost. Raffle books for the ‘El Questro Homestead Experience’ have all been allocated so if you have raffle books and don’t think you will be able to sell them please contact Rob Breden so we can allocate them to others who need them for their fundraising.  Remember any tickets you sell will be credited directly to your rider fundraising profile.

Finally, there is a very exciting event coming up on Sunday, 14 March 2021 – the Western Australian premiere of ‘Phil Liggett: The Voice of Cycling’. The life of legendary television commentator Phil Liggett MBE is inextricably entwined with the history of professional cycling. During a career that has spanned five decades, 15 Olympic games and 47 Tours de France, Phil Liggett has been there for every key moment in cycling over the last half century. Part proceeds of this screening will go to the Hawaiian Ride for Youth and be distributed across all 2021 riders.  Please pass the word to all your cycling buddies whether they are part of the Hawaiian Ride for Youth or not.

If you are having any trouble reaching your fundraising target, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or the Chair of the FRC Rob Breden for assistance.

The countdown is on!

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions on 0414 874 129 or via email [email protected]

All the best
Chair, HRFY Organising Committee



2021 is the 12th year that Hoppy has been in the Ride family! Hoppy was our FIRST ever event director (in 2003) and has seen first-hand the positive impact the Ride has had on regional WA. He is very passionate about helping the young people of WA and believes everyone should have access to the mental health services.

Hoppy shares his most memorable Ride experience with us –

“The memory that has stayed with me, was on the inaugural ride in 2003, Walpole to Pemberton, it’s raining, hard and it was bloody cold. We had stopped in Northcliff, refuelling the riders with hot soup that we had arranged with the local food store. As we were about to hit the road this tall dude with no shoes and the longest dreadlocks, I had ever seen strolled over to me. He asked me what we were doing. After explaining to him the reason for riding, he reached deep into his pockets and pulled out $3 and said ‘Dude this is all I have please take it.’ To me this is what this ride is about, it’s not about the amount it’s that so many people are willing to give there all without question and for the support of the Youth of Western Australia.”



The 2021 Ride will be Corndog’s first year as Inland Event Director*. He comes very well equipped for the role, having held senior leadership positions on the Rottnest Channel Swim Association’s Committee over many years.

David’s most memorable moment on the Ride was at the final training session before his first event. A car pulled up and a teenage boy hopped out and walked to the centre of the circle of bikes. The boy, who was a client of Youth Focus, looked around the group of riders and said, “Thanks for what you are doing. I probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Youth Focus”.

For David, this incredibly powerful moment created a clear link between the riders and the mental health services they help to fund.

*2020 ride cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic



Su will be embarking on her fifth Ride in 2021, after starting as Lead Van Driver in 2017, before taking the reins as Event Director for the Central route (previously Mid West) in 2018.

In her time as Event Director for the Central route, Su pioneered a number of changes to ensure riders receive the best Ride Week experience possible – her motto for Ride Week is “it’s all about the riders!”

Su’s most memorable moments on the Hawaiian Ride for Youth include the Mingenew lunch stop in 2018, and successfully getting every rider safely down the hill on the way back to Perth that year.


Before we depart for Albany; ALL participants will be sent a declaration form regarding COVID to confirm they do not have any symptoms prior to departure.

In line with current government directives – we are advising all participants of the 2021 Hawaiian Ride for Youth to STAY HOME if they feel unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms.

You should not board the bus to Albany if you:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 or are waiting on COVID-19 test results
  • You are required to self-isolate or quarantine
  • You have COVID-19 symptoms. Click here for more info on symptoms.

Please ensure you have downloaded the SafeWA app before you leave – some schools, meal and accommodation venues will still require you to sign in via the app or sign in on a manual register if you do not have the app. Youth Focus staff will have also provided all venues with contact details of all participants prior to arrival at each location.

If you feel unwell during Ride Week, you must go and speak with your peloton doctor immediately.

Rest assured there are protocols in place for all situations.