Help­ing men get lives back on track

CY­CLISTS FUNDRAIS­ING FOR NEW SUP­PORT PRO­GRAM

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Street Watch -

THE Le Tour South West team are gear­ing up to pedal 750 kilo­me­tres in six days in the name of char­ity.

The rid­ers will cy­cle through rolling hills with more than 7500 me­tres el­e­va­tion as they make their way from Ar­madale to Wa­roona, Welling­ton Mills, Don­nelly River, Logue Brook Dam and back from Septem­ber 25 to 30.

The cy­clists are hop­ing to raise more than $75,000 to help men over­come ad­dic­tion, de­pres­sion and home­less­ness at Pin­dari Restoration House.

The char­ity is com­mit­ted to help­ing men in need to be­come con­fi­dent, self-suf­fi­cient mem­bers of their fam­ily and so­ci­ety.

“They’ve just set them­selves up and started tak­ing peo­ple on board now. What they do for men that are strug­gling, it’s some­thing pretty close to our hearts. We all strug­gle with dif­fer­ent things,” rider Matthew Schoof said.

The res­i­den­tial pro­gram is op­er­ated by Pin­dari Min­istries and gives men the struc­ture and sup­port they need to break out of ad­dic­tion, poverty, men­tal ill­ness and other is­sues.

Mr Schoof said men­tal health had come to the fore more these days.

“I think, in gen­eral, it’s more ac­cept­able to talk about it, and more men are feel­ing free that they can talk about it,” rider Bert Veld­man said.

“Cy­cling is some­thing that brings peo­ple to­gether, we cy­cle to­gether as much as we can.

“And even in terms of a ride like this, there’s cy­clists of dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties, but you sort of pull to­gether, you help each other, you egg each other on.”

Since its in­cep­tion in 2013, Le Tour South West has raised more than $50,000 for char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The group of­fi­cially kicked their fundrais­ing cam­paign on May 13 at Pin­dari Restoration House, with 18 to 20 rid­ers ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in Septem­ber.

To do­nate or find out more, head to my­cause.com.au/ events/2017pin­dar­ile­tour­south­west.

An­son van Delden, Matthew Schoof and Bert Veld­man are tak­ing part in the up­com­ing Le Tour South West.

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