Riding to help the mentally ill

Charlie Ball in action.
Charlie Ball in action.

The Safari is an off-road long distance race described as the toughest in the Asia Pacific region.

Mr Ball will raise money for Youth Focus, a WA-based not-for- profit organisation that offers free mental health services to young people.

He said his experiences in the northern part of the State where he worked as a property developer inspired him to raise money for young people experiencing mental health problems.

‘I’ve seen kids with issues and heard terrible stories about youth suicides. It was always on my mind and I’ve always wanted to do some charity work,’ Mr Ball said.

After competing in the 2011 race and placing 13th, he will again ride with the GHR Honda team as part of a crew of five riders and five mechanics.

‘It would be good to get in the top 10,’ Mr Ball said.

This year’s Safari starts in Jurien Bay on September 19 and finishes on September 27 in Geraldton.

To donate, visit https://give. everydayhero.com/au/charlie-8.