Hawaiian Ride for Youth: Fremantle cyclists unite for common cause

ONE is a university professor and the other works in finance, but both have a love of cycling that will see them take to the open road to raise money for Youth Focus.

Notre Dame University’s Carole Steketee and East Fremantle resident Terry Dillon will join 150 others making the five-day cycle from Albany to Perth in this year’s Ride for Youth to raise awareness and funds to prevent youth suicide and depression.

Mr Dillon, who will be competing in his first event, said it was a fantastic cause.

“I have two happy healthy kids of my own, but mental health issues do affect so many young people today and getting involved with Ride for Youth is a great way to make a small contribution to better mental health outcomes for our young people,” he said.

“I am excited; we have trained really hard, 8 to 12 hours a week for the best part of six months, so I’m really looking forward to getting down to Albany and getting started.”

Ms Steketee said friends and family had taken part in the event in previous years, inspiring her to do the same.

“I was initially drawn to it as a means of staying fit, learning a new skill and meeting new people but the motivation has become so much more than that,” she said.

“These sorts of events raise the profile of issues that are often difficult to talk about or have stigmas attached to them.

“The Ride for Youth aims to put this issue centre stage, reduce the stigma and start openly talking about it.”

The Ride for Youth is from April 5 to 9. For more information or to donate, visit www.ride|foryouth.com.au.