CYCLISTS descending on Mandurah this afternoon as part of the 15th anniversary of the Hawaiian Ride for Youth.
Taking place over four and a half days from March 21 to 25, the ride has become known as one of WA’s premier charity events, raising awareness and funds for Youth Focus and its work in preventing youth suicide and depression.
From humble beginnings in 2003, the ride has raised more than $15 million with all funds going directly to Youth Focus, helping to support the provision of free, unlimited, expert therapeutic counselling services to more than 2500 young people and their families throughout WA.
This year a fourth peloton was introduced, the Mid West route from Geraldton to Perth, making way for an additional eight teams.
The riders across the 34 teams will cycle almost 3000km on the four routes from Albany to Perth – coastal, inland and wheatbelt – as well as the new Mid-West route.
Along the journey, the riders stop at 23 regional high schools and engage students in the issues of youth suicide, depression and self-harm.