Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

NEXT year’s Hawai­ian Ride for Youth will in­clude a Mid West route as the event raises money for the Burswood char­ity Youth Fo­cus.

The 15th an­niver­sary of the event will run from March 21-25 with a new route from Ger­ald­ton to Perth.

A to­tal of 180 riders across 34 teams will cy­cle al­most 3000km on the three routes from Al­bany to Perth – coastal, in­land and Wheat­belt – as well as the new Mid West route.

Riders will visit 23 schools pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive men­tal health and aware­ness to more than 3500 stu­dents.

Youth Fo­cus chief ex­ec­u­tive Fiona Kalaf said the 700km Mid West ride would start from Ger­ald­ton and travel through Mo­rawa, Dal­wallinu, New Nor­cia, Toodyay, Northam and then on to Kings Park, over 4½ days.

“Youth Fo­cus has strong con­nec­tions with the Mid-West re­gion through our work in the headspace of­fice in Ger­ald­ton and in the gen­eral com­mu­nity,” she said.

“We are de­lighted that a pelo­ton of around six teams will ride the new route.”

Fiona Kalaf and Hawai­ian Ride for Youth chair­man Bruce Field­ing at the launch of the 2017 Hawai­ian Ride for Youth.

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