Pair ped­dle sweet char­ity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

ONE will make 10,000 dough­nuts and the other will ride 10,000 km.

Af­ter a 35-year friend­ship, Mary Street Bak­ery co-owner Paul Aron and cy­clist Matthew Se­v­ior have teamed up to raise $10,000 for Youth Fo­cus to sup­port young peo­ple aged 12-25 with men­tal health is­sues and to pre­vent sui­cide.

Mr Se­v­ior and his four mates, who make up team Brook­field Rail 2, will cy­cle 3000km from Al­bany to Perth in March for the Youth Fo­cus Hawai­ian Ride for Youth, stop­ping at 23 schools along the way, pro­mot­ing positive men­tal health aware­ness to more than 3500 stu­dents.

Youth Fo­cus is based in Bur­swood.

Ahead of the event, they will com­plete 7000km of train­ing.

To give the cam­paign a boost, Mr Se­v­ior ap­proached his mate Paul for a sweet fundrais­ing idea: whip up 10,000 dough­nuts in three months.

“We al­ways do a spe­cial dough­nut but for this fundraiser we gave it a name, Dou­ble Straw­berry d464263 Rain­bow and got kids down to do a taste test. They ap­proved, so that’s what we ran with,” Mr Aron said.

The bak­ery be­gan sell­ing the dough­nut be­fore Christ­mas, in which $1 from each one sold goes to Youth Fo­cus.

“The dough­nut drive is like a lam­ing­ton drive, where schools, busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als can pre-or­der any dough­nuts and $1 from each will go to the fundraiser,” he said.

The two men said they were both keen to join the cam­paign, as both had been touched by tragedy re­lated to youth men­tal ill­ness and sui­cide.

“A neigh­bour, who was about 27, com­mit­ted sui­cide about two years ago, so that’s why I got in­volved in Youth Fo­cus orig­i­nally,” Mr Se­v­ior said.

“We were good mates. We were re­ally close with the fam­ily.”

The dough­nuts will be avail­able un­til March 31 at the High­gate, West Leed­erville and QV1 bak­eries. Ju­lian Wright

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Paul Aron with Matt Se­v­ior are rais­ing funds and aware­ness about youth men­tal ill­ness in WA.

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