Meet the Hawaiian Ride for Youth cyclists

05 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.

We are proud to present some of the cyclists who will take part in the event and raise money for Youth Focus. These riders live, work or have a tie to the communities in which Hawaiian operates and we are proud to present their stories.

This is Dougal Burton's reason for riding:

As one of the leaders of Hawaiian’s team riding in the 2020 Hawaiian Ride for Youth Dougal Burton leads a group committed to improving the mental health of young West Australians.

The event will be Dougal’s seventh ride through regional WA speaking to young people about mental health issues and explaining how services like Youth Focus can help.

“The Hawaiian Ride for Youth is important because it continues to demonstrate that talking about mental health is a positive thing and if you reach out for help there is someone there,” Dougal says.

When asked what advice he would give to a young person struggling with mental health he says: “Don’t be frightened about speaking up and seeking help; it doesn’t mean you are weak or silly.”

Dougal’s daughter, Amelia, joined him on last year’s ride; working as a support team member.

“Amelia is a qualified physiotherapist and currently lives and works in Albany which is the commencement point for three of the pelotons in the 2020 Hawaiian Ride for Youth, so I am hoping she will be able to join us again in 2020,” he says.

Hawaiian is proud to be the naming rights partner of the Ride for Youth which works to break down stigmas and generate meaningful conversations about mental health for young people.

The 2019 event raised $2.16 million for Youth Focus. Hawaiian is proud to partner with Youth Focus and make a difference to the lives of young people.

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.

Dougal’s reason for doing the 2020 Hawaiian Ride for Youth: “It’s how I can make a positive contribution to my community.”

Dougal’s Quick Quiz:

What’s the best part of the Hawaiian Ride for Youth?Engaging with the students and listening to how they are now happy to talk about mental health.

What’s the worst part? “Not much. This will be my 7th ride and I have enjoyed all aspects. The fellowship makes the tough times enjoyable.”

To learn more about the Hawaiian Ride for Youth or to help Dougal Burton to fundraise for Youth Focus, visit here