Team rid­ing with shared goal

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

TEAM Avoca has boosted its train­ing sched­ule for this year’s Ride for Youth to pre­pare for the new leg in the Wheat­belt.

Event chair­man Char­lie El­ders and fel­low team mem­bers Natasha Lie, Gra­ham Id­dles and Daryl Smith are rid­ing to­gether up to four morn­ings a week, with their fifth team mem­ber, Tom Walsh, pre­par­ing for the 700km ride in Lon­don.

Ms Lie, who had rid­den 35km the morn­ing the WesternSuburb­sWeekly caught up with her team, said the tough­est part of the event was get­ting up early for train­ing.

She said the ex­tra train­ing would pre­pare them for the ad­di­tional route through Nar­ro­gin, Katan­ning and Man­durah, where they would visit more schools and raise more aware­ness for the event’s ben­e­fi­ciary, Youth Fo­cus.

The team, rid­ing to­gether for the sec­ond year, aims to raise $50,000 through dona­tions and a St Pa­trick’s Day event in March.

Mr El­ders said Ride for Youth, from March 24-28 should raise more than $2 mil­lion this year.

The St Pa­trick’s Day Lunch is at Novo­tel Perth Lan­g­ley on Tues­day, March 17, noon-3.30pm. Tick­ets are $165 each; call Char­lie El­ders on 0404 004 488 or Gra­ham Id­dles on 0412 888 203.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d432854

Team Avoca mem­bers Daryl Smith, Natasha Lie, Gra­ham Id­dles and Char­lie El­ders.

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