Ride for Youth raises over $1.88 million despite cancellation

Ride for Youth raises over $1.88 million despite cancellation

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Despite being cancelled because of COVID-29, the 2020 Hawaiian Ride for Youth, that was to travel through Northam, has raised more than $1.8 million for menta...

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Despite being cancelled because of COVID-29, the 2020 Hawaiian Ride for Youth, that was to travel through Northam, has raised more than $1.8 million for mental health services for young people.

The cancelled 700km journey made up of 163 riders exceeded the 2020 fundraising target, bringing the total fundraising amount to over$24 millionsince the Ride's inception in 2003.

The 2020 Hawaiian Ride for Youth was cancelled a fortnight ago amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, just as participants were set to embark across regional Western Australia to raise critical awareness and funds to support youth at risk of suicide and those living with mental health challenges.

Youth Focus chief executive Arthur Papakosias said the outpouring of support for the ride was testament to the integral role the event.

"Although we can't be together to celebrate this momentous occasion with our riders and support crew, it's incredible to see the community supporting Youth Focus from afar, getting behind this important cause and exceeding the fundraising target," he said.

Mr Papakotsias said the not-for-profit would continue to provide counselling support to vulnerable West Australians amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with telephone and web counselling.

The Hawaiian Ride for Youth will return in 2021 with riders already pledging to put mental health first.

The story Ride for Youth raises over $1.88 million despite cancellation first appeared on The Avon Valley Advocate.

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