Hillarys stayer Phil Cousins taking part in 15th and final Ride For Youth

Jenelle Stubberfield, Dannielle Walter, Phil Cousins, Jarrad Cousins and Brett Stubberfield. Pictures: Andrew Ritchie d479804
Jenelle Stubberfield, Dannielle Walter, Phil Cousins, Jarrad Cousins and Brett Stubberfield. Pictures: Andrew Ritchie d479804

PHIL Cousins will take part in his 15th, and last, 3000km Ride for Youth next week.

The Hillarys resident started doing the charity ride in 2004 for Youth Focus, which supports young people at risk of anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide.

Mr Cousins will ride from Albany to Perth with his son Jarrad, daughter Dannielle Walter, nephew Brett Stubberfield and his nephew’s wife Janelle.

Members of the family have taken part in 35 rides between them over 16 years, covering more than 20,000km and raising more than $250,000 for the charity.

Mr Cousins said he started to keep fit and raise awareness about the charity and youth mental health.

“That’s been the reason ever since – to raise those important funds and keep supporting the youth,” he said.

“A lot of people do it for lots of different reasons – because the tragedy has struck their family or they have friends that it’s struck.”

Jenelle Stubberfield, Dannielle Walter, Phil Cousins, Jarrad Cousins and Brett Stubberfield. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

Mr Cousins said he was looking forward to doing the ride for the last time.

“It’s like old footballers – they like to go out on top, while still keeping in front of the young fellows,” he said.

“I’m 66 going on 67 – it’s time to hand over the reins to the young people.”

The family will ride as Team Buswest from March 20 to 24 and have raised more than $37,000 so far for this year’s ride.

“We pay our own way – all the money raised from donations actually goes to the kids,” he said.

About 190 cyclists will take part, visiting more than 3500 students at regional high schools during the journey.

Donate at www.rideforyouth.com.au/2018/teams/buswest 

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