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 David Lantzke's reason for riding:

Joining the Hawaiian Ride for Youth has prompted David Lantzke to reflect on the mental health challenges faced by himself and the people he loves.

“One of our close teenage relatives has struggled with depression and anxiety in the last 12 months, so the issue has been real for our family, but at least they spoke up,” David says.

“Looking back now, I believe I was in a dark place for a while during my teenage years, but didn’t speak to anyone about it.”

Talking about mental health struggles is the key, he believes.

“Speak up, find someone you can confide in and let them know what you are struggling with and how you feel. Internalising only makes the issue worse.”

David believes the Hawaiian Ride for Youth is so important not only as it is the main fundraiser for Youth Focus, but also because it has a hands-on approach – delivering mental health messages direct to the young people in the schools the pelotons visit.

“This helps raise awareness amongst country kids that even in relative geographic isolation, help is available outside of the Perth Metro area,” 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.

As Secretary of the Jurien Bay Chamber of Commerce, David became involved in the Hawaiian Ride for Youth when Jurien Bay was included on the route. But he signed up as a rider for the March 2020 event when several business contacts he was dealing with all shared the same bond – they were involved in the ride and supporting Youth Focus.

“It seems like Karma – everything seemed to line up!” he says.

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.

David’s reason for joining the Hawaiian Ride for Youth:

“Some young people find living life more challenging than others. I'm challenging myself to help improve their mental health outcomes.”

David’s quick quiz:

What’s the best part of the Hawaiian Ride for Youth?

“The achievement of completing something that challenges me physically, but also creates

opportunity to share the experience with a new network of like-minded people.”

What’s the worst part?

The End, where I have to ponder… what next? Most physical events I have undertaken, such as running marathons, have been one-offs whereby I haven’t done the same race twice.

For more information on the Hawaiian Ride for Youth or to Support David in his fundraising, visit here