Helping men get lives back on track
CYCLISTS FUNDRAISING FOR NEW SUPPORT PROGRAM
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.