Family tradition rolls on
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.”
Ryan, Trent, Oonagh and Ben Lisle are all set for the Ride for Youth.