Goal $2,000,000

Alumni News | October 2018

Welcome to the 2019 Hawaiian Ride for Youth!

For the past 17 years, the Hawaiian Ride for Youth has played a significant role in reducing mental health stigma and raising essential funds to support the life-changing work of Youth Focus

We are pleased to share a number of role changes within the Hawaiian Ride for Youth Organising Committee (HRFYOC), as well as welcome a new face and introduce you to the rest of the committee.


The 2019 Hawaiian Ride for Youth will be Phil ‘Phiery’ Renshaw’s ninth Ride and second as Chair of the HRFYOC. Phil, who participates in memory of his brother who took his life almost 30 years ago, is passionate about sharing the Youth Focus message in the community, and creating real and lasting change.

In 2019, Phil will be joined by his wife Barbara in Support Crew and their daughter Gemma, who is riding for the first time.


We are excited to welcome this year’s HRFY Coaching Lead, Phil Cousins.  Also known as ‘Cous-Cous’, Phil continues to invest in the future of the Ride, ensuring its continued growth and good standing within the community. With 15 years of experience and tireless determination, Phil is a welcome addition to the Committee.


As a past Recruitment Sub-Committee member with seven years Ride experience and an unwavering commitment to the cause, we are thrilled to welcome Rob Breden into the role of HRFY Fundraising Lead and onto the HRFYOC.


We congratulate Cam Alder, who has moved from his previous role as Fundraising Lead into his new position as HRFY Recruitment Lead. With seven years of Ride experience, Cam has consistently demonstrated a great deal of passion and devotion to supporting the Youth Focus mission.


Karen has been a member of the HRFYOC since September 2017, and will be undertaking her third Ride in 2019. Karen is a National Director at PR and communications consultancy Cannings Purple, and has been a strong advocate for the Hawaiian Ride for Youth for almost three years.


Belinda is a judge in the District Court of Western Australia with over 23 years’ experience in the legal profession. She joined the HRFYOC in 2016, and was appointed to the Youth Focus Board as a representative of the Hawaiian Ride for Youth in 2016.

Belinda first participated in the Hawaiian Ride for Youth in 2009, since which time she has participated in six as a rider and an additional three as Support Crew.


Mick Girando – Coastal

2019 will mark Mick ‘Micky G’ Girando’s 15th year of participation in the Ride – three as a rider and 11 as Event Director for the Coastal Route. Mick brings with him a wealth of knowledge of all things Coastal and the Hawaiian Ride for Youth.

Mark Callaghan – Inland

Mark ‘Magic’ Callaghan will be undertaking his fourth stint as Inland Event Director in 2019.  No stranger to lycra, Magic also participated as a rider in the event three times between 2010 – 2014.

Greg Woodman – Wheatbelt

The 2019 Ride will be Greg ‘Woody’ Woodman’s first year as the Event Director on the Wheatbelt Route. Greg has a long history with the Ride, both as a rider and a Support Crew member, having most recently acting as ‘2IC’ on the 2018 Wheatbelt Route.

Su Groome – Mid West

Su took the reigns of the Mid West route in 2018, after completing her first Ride as a Support Crew member on the inaugural Mid West route the previous year.  Since then, Su has worked tirelessly to build and improve on the success of this new fourth peloton.


Youth Focus is excited to launch its inaugural Coffee for a Cause campaign this Mental Health Week (7-14 October).

With guidance from its Youth Reference Group, local artist Linzi Carter has designed a bright and engaging limited edition coffee cup that aligns with the Mental Health Week theme: “Mental health starts where we live, learn, work and play”.

The campaign aims to build awareness about the important work of Youth Focus and to raise vital funds by asking everyone to consider donating the cost of their next coffee to save a young life from suicide.

Click the link to find out  where you can get your hands on a unique, limited edition coffee cup between 7th to 14th October: