Help for youth in the pipe­line

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

CHID­LOW res­i­dent Kevin Read­ing con­quered an epic bike ride to high­light the plight of youth home­less­ness and now he is en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to join him for the 2018 event.

Youth Fu­tures is call­ing on cy­clists to unite by sign­ing up for the char­ity’s Pipe­line Chal­lenge in May.

Over five days, moun­tain bike rid­ers will make their way from the red dirt of Kal­go­or­lie to Mun­dar­ing Weir, trac­ing the golden pipe­line which has been de­liv­er­ing wa­ter to the Gold­fields for more than a cen­tury.

Mr Read­ing said the chal­lenge was worth re­peat­ing.

“I re­ally liked the easy­go­ing way it’s run; there’s no pres­sure to outdo oth­ers, you can do it any­way you like,” he said.

Most Pipelin­ers com­plete the ride as part of a re­lay-style team, tak­ing turns to pedal for­ward in the name of sup­port­ing WA’s home­less youth.

There will be overnight stops along the way in Cool­gar­die, South­ern Cross, Merredin and Northam.

Event or­gan­iser Erica Blaney said some cy­clists rode solo and tack­led the en­tire dis­tance of 600km.

“The Pipe­line Chal­lenge is more about ca­ma­raderie and high­light­ing the is­sue of youth home­less­ness than com­plet­ing the ride in the quick­est time pos­si­ble,” she said.

“While we do have many moun­tain bike en­thu­si­asts push­ing their lim­its, the course has been de­signed so that it is still achiev­able for novices, so long as they do their train­ing.”

The char­ity turned away a stag­ger­ing 1000 young peo­ple from its home­less­ness ser­vices last year be­cause its six cen­tres were op­er­at­ing at ca­pac­ity.

The Pipe­line Chal­lenge be­gan in 2015 to boost the char­ity’s cof­fers and help more young peo­ple find ac­com­mo­da­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and other sup­port pro­grams.

For de­tails, visit www.pipe linechal­

Kevin Read­ing and Jamie Van Braker teamed up to com­plete the 2017 Pipe­line Chal­lenge.

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