And so I commence the training and fundraising work for my third Ride for Youth event. Extra excited this year to be experiencing both a new team sponsor in Hawaiian and a new road journey with the Coastal route.
Each year I learn a heap more about the work that Youth Focus undertakes using the money that gets raised by RfY each year, and even more the desperate need for that work to continue and deepen in the WA Country communities that our pelotons visit each year.
The statistics on youth suicide and depression are as shocking as they are undeniable. You can't argue with THE biggest killer of our young people. More than traffic accidents, more than cancer. And to my mind the most compelling part of the fundraising campaign each year is that every suicide, with the right combination of recognition, support and professional help, is avoidable. I find that to be a hell motivating force every year to help finance the work of Youth Focus and I would love to see my friends, clients and family come along with me on that journey.
If you can spare some dollars (or pounds for the Poms!) for this amazing cause then I'd be really grateful if you could click here on my donate button and follow the online instructions. Its easy and you can even get a charitable donation receipt for your next tax return. Thanks for reading :-)