Ride for Youth spreads youth suicide prevention message on Mandurah stop


Hawaiian Ride of Youth participants in Mandurah. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d481061
Hawaiian Ride of Youth participants in Mandurah. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d481061

THE Hawaiian Ride for Youth passed through Mandurah on the weekend.

The aim of the event was to raise funds to help Youth Focus turn the tide on youth suicide.

More than 180 cyclists registered for the 3000km ride across regional WA.

The ride involves 34 teams traversing four routes: the coastal, inland and Wheatbelt routes from Albany to Perth and the Mid-West route from Geraldton to Perth.

Along the journey, riders stopped at high schools such and Mandurah Catholic College and engaged with students to communicate the importance of good mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Youth Focus chief executive Fiona Kalaf said 54 young West Australians aged between 15 to 24 died by suicide last year.

“Statistics show more than one young person dies to suicide each week, leaving their families dealing with the abject grief, guilt and pain of losing a loved one unnecessarily to suicide,” she said.

“The ripple effect in our community is profound.”

To donate or for more information visit rideforyouth.com.au.

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