NORTHERN Beaches Cycling Club recently partnered with Youth Futures WA to raise awareness and funds for the charity.
The partnership started with a recent fundraiser held at the cycling group’s clubhouse, Quinns Rocks Sports Club.
For more than 30 years Youth Futures have been empowering young people to improve their lives, including those experiencing homelessness, struggling with school, mental health issues, or struggling to make ends meet.
Last financial year, the charity helped more than 1400 young West Australians through their homeless, education and support programs.
“There are many charities supported by cyclists through cycling events,” NBCC president Chris Howard said.
“Our committee wanted to help raise awareness of a local charity and focus our efforts to provide a closer connection to our community.
“Members nominated a number of worthy charities and Youth Futures was selected for a number of reasons.
“Firstly, it supported local at-risk youth in very practical ways, such as housing, education and emergency relief.
“Secondly, 91 per cent of every coin donated went directly to the youth programs.
“Finally, our members could find ways they could get involved through the donation of goods, volunteering or participating in the Pipeline Challenge.”
The Pipeline Challenge is a 600km mountain bike trek from Kalgoorlie to Perth from May 4 to 8, which will raise funds for the charity’s Nest program which supports homeless teen mums and their babies.
Youth Futures business development manager Erica said the organisation was “thrilled” to have been selected and looked forward to building the partnership with the club.
“The young people we work with are always grateful to hear that members of their local community care about them and have taken the time to fundraise or organise collection drives to support them through tough times,” she said.
Donations to Youth Futures can be made at http://youthfutureswa.org.au/donate/