Fam­ily tradition rolls on

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THE Lisle broth­ers are ready to don the ly­cra and ride for a good cause this week, as they take part in the 15th an­nual Ride for Youth.

With a com­bined 12 rides un­der their belt, Ryan, Trent and Ben have ex­tended their rid­ing crew to in­clude Trent's wife Oon­agh, who will join the boys for the gru­elling 700km jour­ney for the first time.

“Twelve months ago, Oon­agh hadn’t ever rid­den a road bike,” her hus­band Trent said.

“So the op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing dif­fer­ent for a great cause is ex­cit­ing.”

Along with 180 other rid­ers, the Clare­mont and Shen­ton Park res­i­dents will leave Al­bany to­day, sep­a­rat­ing into four dif­fer­ent routes and stop­ping in towns along the way be­fore ar­riv­ing in Perth on Satur­day.

Since the event's in­cep­tion in 2003, more than $15 mil­lion has been raised for Youth Fo­cus, which pro­vides free men­tal health ser­vices for 12-18 year olds.

“It’s re­ally a great way to raise money for ado­les­cent men­tal health is­sues,” Oon­agh said.

“It wasn't some­thing I was aware of. I didn't know there was such an epi­demic of sui­cide, de­pres­sion and self harm among young peo­ple, so it’s re­ally about rais­ing aware­ness and des­tig­ma­tis­ing.”

Trent, in his sev­enth ride, said the rid­ers stopped at schools along the way to give pre­sen­ta­tions to stu­dents.

“The school stops re­ally are eye-open­ing,” he said.

“Along the route, you stop at seven or eight schools, and when you hear kids talk­ing, you re­alise there's a gen­uine need for coun­selling ser­vices in schools, and that's what Youth Fo­cus are all about.”

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie d466709

Ryan, Trent, Oon­agh and Ben Lisle are all set for the Ride for Youth.

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