Purpose worth the pain of 700km ride

Joe Ostojich is taking part in a bike ride fundraiser to raise money for mental health services for youth. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d417069
Joe Ostojich is taking part in a bike ride fundraiser to raise money for mental health services for youth. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d417069

Joe Ostojich will join more than 100 riders on the 12th Hawaiian Ride for Youth from April 1 to 5, a charity event that raises money and awareness for Youth Focus.

Youth Focus assists in the prevention of youth suicide, depression and self-harm.

Throughout the ride, participants stop at high schools to chat to students about positive mental health and the free services available.

After leaving Albany two pelotons will cover coastal and inland towns before meeting in Mandurah to ride the final leg to Perth together.

Mr Ostojich, a recreational cyclist, said the ride would go a long way to highlighting important social issues.

‘My expectation is that it will be testing, but at the same time enormously enjoyable,’ he said.

‘I think the key message is that help is available and that the kids have somewhere to turn at a time when they are most vulnerable.’

So far, Mr Ostojich has raised more than $11,500. To donate visit rideforyouth.com.au