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