Stories from the cyclists

06 Nov 2019

Hawaiian is proud to partner with Youth Focus as the naming rights partner for the Ride for Youth - an important event which sees cyclists take the positive mental health message to young people and schools throughout regional Western Australia.

Many powerful and emotional stories form the impetus for cyclists to volunteer to take on the physical, mental and often deeply personal challenge of riding more than 700km to generate important conversations around youth mental health and empower young people to ask for help if they need it.

As the Hawaiian Ride for Youth cyclists train for the March 2020 event, Hawaiian is proud to share some of their stories revealing why they chose to take part. We'll have more stories to tell as the event draws closer.

Each rider must fundraise at least $5000 for Youth Focus and the money raised goes directly into services to help young West Australians aged 12 to 25 at risk of serious mental health issues like suicide, depression and anxiety.

The Hawaiian Ride for Youth works to break down stigmas around mental health and to support young people and we're proud to reveal the 2019 event raised $2.16 million for Youth Focus.

We hope these stories inspire you to support the incredible services offered by Youth Focus. We invite you to read their stories:

  • For Mark Gratzer, representing the Bassendean community, visit here
  • For Aaron White, representing the Forrestfield community, visit here
  • For Jarrad Cousins, representing the Melville community, visit here
  • For Sophie Pugsley, representing the Mt Hawthorn community, visit here
  • For David Lantzke, representing the Noranda community, visit here
  • For Matt Gibbs, representing the Victoria Park community, visit here

To learn more about the Hawaiian ride for Youth and how you can support our partner, Youth Focus, in its important work, we invite you to visit here