Joe taking part in third Ride for Youth


Joe Ostojich is taking part in his third Ride for Youth.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d434169
Joe Ostojich is taking part in his third Ride for Youth. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d434169

The annual five-day ride raises awareness and funds for Youth Focus and its work preventing youth suicide.

Along the journey, riders stop at regional high schools to chat to students about youth suicide, depression and self-harm, and share their stories about the struggles they have overcome.

Coogee resident Joe Ostojich said he was keen to help wherever he could.

“The thing that brings me back is the cause itself,” he said. “Youth mental health is such an important issue and deserves a lot of attention.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to see places where we have made a positive impact, but it’s also seriously distressing to hear about some of the tragic outcomes in areas that we have not been able to reach.”

Since its inception in 2003, when just 24 riders took part, more than $12.7 million has been raised.

A record 150 cyclists will take part in the 2016 event, which starts in Albany today.

The ride will wrap up in Kings Park on Saturday.

For information visit www.rideforyouth.com.au.