Julie Colvin, a founding Partner in our Perth office is embarking on her third year riding Hawaiian Ride for Youth.
This is an annual event held over 4.5 days where participants ride from either Geraldton or Albany to Perth raising funds and awareness for Youth Focus. Each route is approximately 700kms and riders visit high schools along the way to engage and inform students on issues of youth suicide, depression, anxiety and self-harm, as well as the services that Youth Focus provide.
The ride has three main goals:
- To remove the stigma surrounding youth mental health
- To raise essential funds to enable Youth Focus to build a more resilient community
- To have fun
Preparation for the ride starts in October and goes through until ride week in March. During this time participants ride three to four times a week, covering approximately 7,000kms. The goal during this time is to get fitter and faster whilst supporting each other to ensure riders of all abilities are able to complete ride week safely.
The ride supports Youth Focus:
Youth Focus is an independent Western Australian not-for-profit working to stop youth suicide. Youth Focus works with young people aged 12-25 to help them overcome issues associated with depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts through the provision of free, unlimited and professional face-to-face individual counselling and other mental health services. The demand for their services is ever-increasing and with only a small percentage of the operating funding sourced from the Government, they rely heavily on the goodwill and support of the corporate and community sectors. Each year, about 2,500 young people aged 12-25 will visit one of the Youth Focus eight offices or 40 school locations statewide to get help. The average length of counselling engagement is about six months
If you would like to support it would be very gratefully accepted and welcomed