Meet the Hawaiian Ride for Youth cyclists

04 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 Jarrad Cousins' reason for riding:

The Hawaiian Ride for Youth is a family affair for Jarrad Cousins; with his father, sister, cousins and many more members of his family proudly involved in the Ride since its second year.

The March event will be Jarrad’s 14thyear involved in the ride, his 5thyear cycling and this year, he will Captain his team and peloton as it takes the Youth Focus message through regional WA.

“I think the Hawaiian Ride for Youth is so important because we help to make sure there are services for young people that they are able to access, we help to provide qualified professionals and if young people need any assistance or counselling for any issue - be it anxiety, self-harm or depression - we are providing a service through Youth Focus in an area that generally lacks funding,” Jarrad 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.

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.

Jarrad and his own family have experienced some heartbreaking mental health struggles with some close friends of the family tragically taking their own lives.

When asked what advice he would give to a young person struggling with their mental health, Jarrad responds: “Talk to someone. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

“It may seem tough now, but if you go and talk to someone and ask for help, they can help you to find coping mechanisms and ways of overcoming your issues and hopefully put you on the right track.”

Jarrad says that as a father, knowing the free services of Youth Focus exist is heartening and he now takes on the Hawaiian Ride for Youth with his own children and their wellbeing at the forefront of his mind.

Jarrad’s reason doing the 2020 Hawaiian Ride for Youth:

“I ride for our Youth of today and for my children.”

Jarrad’s Quick Quiz:

What’s the best part of the Hawaiian Ride for Youth?“The camaraderie, watching new riders come in and experience it for the first time, especially when they don’t think they can make the distance but then seeing at the end of the ride what they have achieved and how they have overcome it.

“Every year you get to see new people come in and do it for the first time and the enjoyment and knowing that everyone is all there for the same cause.”

What’s the worst part?“Windy days out in the hills and hot weather.”

To find out more about the Hawaiian Ride for Youth and to support Jarrad in his fundraising visit here