Later this month the Mt Pleasant businessman Simon Ashton will hit the road with a team of 79 cyclists for the 2013 Hawaiian Ride for Youth.
The gruelling five-day event, from March 19-23, is an annual charity ride that raises money for WA mental health group Youth Focus in a quest to prevent youth suicide and depression.
The father of one said he had not been personally affected by youth depression, but was moved by the cause.
‘It is outside of my comfort zone. I’m a uniquely grateful and positive individual but need to understand this hidden disaster that is afflicting our youth and the past six months have been a painful education,’ he said.
The benevolent bikers will be stopping in at schools as part of the ride, to address students about depression, self-harm and suicide.
‘We’re trying to get the message across that if they have any trouble they should put their hand up and get some help,’ Mr Ashton said.
He said he had been training since October and to date had ridden more 5300km in training.
So far, Mr Ashton has raised more than $21,000, which will go towards assisting in the prevention of youth suicide and depression
WHAT: Hawaiian Ride for Youth
WHERE: Riding 700kms from Albany to Perth
WHEN: March 19-23
WHO: 80 riders aiming to raise $1.25 million
WHY: Raise awareness in the issues of youth suicide, depression and self-harm and the services that Youth Focus provide
DONTATE: To support Simon Ashton, visit www.rideforyouth.com.au/donate.