Cyclist clocks up $250,000 since his first ride for youth

Phil Cousins and his son Jarrad are committed to help.
Phil Cousins and his son Jarrad are committed to help.

On April 1, two pelotons will take off from Albany ” one taking the coastal route and the other inland ” to raise funds for youth suicide and depression.

Age is no boundary to 62-year-old Mr Cousins, who has raised close to $250,000 since his first ride.

‘It (Ride for Youth) was in its early stages when I began in 2004 and I was invited to come along and do the ride, I saw the challenge there and took it up and I’ve been doing it ever since,’ he said.

Mr Cousins said he had not directly experienced the tragedy that is youth suicide but recognised that his two children would have had some experience of it during their school years.

Mr Cousins’ son and daughter took part in the ride for several years with son Jarrad driving the support vehicle for eight years.

‘I’ve improved so much and enjoyed it so much that I now ride 12 months of the year ” the official training is six months and we ride, in that time, about 7000km.’

Visit: www.rideforyouth .com.au/teams if you are able to help.