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Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

A RECORD num­ber of peo­ple have signed up to par­tic­i­pate in an epic 700km cy­cling jour­ney from Albany to Perth for the 2016 Hawai­ian Ride for Youth.

About 150 cy­clists will take part in the five-day ride from April 5-9 that raises aware­ness and funds for Youth Fo­cus and its work in pre­vent­ing youth sui­cide and de­pres­sion.

Event chair­man Bruce Field­ing said the award-win­ning event high­lighted im­por­tant so­cial is­sues among young peo­ple.

“The Ride is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for par­tic­i­pants to keep fit and build new friend­ships, while sup­port­ing a great cause and spread­ing the Youth Fo­cus mes­sage,” he said.

“Along the jour­ney, the rid­ers stop at 19 re­gional high schools and en­gage stu­dents in the is­sues of youth sui­cide, de­pres­sion and self harm.

“For many rid­ers, the school vis­its are the most re­ward­ing part.”

Par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing Hawai­ian CEO Rus­sell Gibbs and Wes­farm­ers CFO Terry Bowen, will ride the fi­nal leg from Man­durah to Kings Park with the 146 Hawai­ian Ride for Youth cy­clists.

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The ride starts in Albany and is di­vided into three groups, each cov­er­ing 700km via re­gional towns in­clud­ing Katan­ning, Nar­ro­gin, Walpole, Pem­ber­ton, Bus­sel­ton, Fran­k­land River, Bridgetown, Gnowangerup and Col­lie be­fore meet­ing in Man­durah and rid­ing the fi­nal leg to­gether.

To do­nate or for more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.ride­for youth.com.au.

SEE GOPRO FOOTAGE OF AN EARLY MORN­ING PERTH RIDE AT

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Gra­ham Id­dles, James Suther­land, Peter Trench and Wayne Brad­shaw are four of the five found­ing mem­bers of the Hawai­ian Ride for Youth.

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