This March, for the seventh time, Team Citadel-MAGNUS will take to the starting line for an epic 700km cycling journey from Albany to Perth, in support of young people’s mental health.
The Hawaiian Ride for Youth is one of Australia’s most successful fundraising events, generating funds to support Youth Focus’ free counselling and education services that support our “at-risk” young people by improving their mental health.
The Ride is tough, the training is hard and the need is real. These are some of the reasons that our Perth-based Director, Paul Ryan, is saddling up for the journey.
“Most people, at some time in their lives, will experience problems with their mental health. For young people, dealing with the pressures of growing up in an increasingly complicated world, mental health issues can quickly escalate into something serious,” Paul says.
“Support is available, but demand continues to increase. For Youth Focus, the more successful they are in raising awareness and delivering services, the more in-demand they become.
“As a not for profit, community-funded organisation, Youth Focus needs our help.”
Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44 and children aged 5-17. The figures are shocking and a key reason why Citadel-MAGNUS is a strong supporter of Youth Focus.
The Citadel-MAGNUS Ride for Youth Team in 2021 is captained by King & Wood Mallesons Partner Nigel Hunt. The team also includes Bethanie Health’s Frankie Millar, Novo Resources Non-Executive Director Michael Barrett, Managing Director of Eve Investments Bill Fry and Sparke Helmore Lawyers Partner Chris Rimmer.
The Team has been in hard training since October, three mornings a week from 5.30am, in preparation for taking on the Ride’s Coastal Route, which will take them west from Albany along the south coast, through the hilly South West forest region and on to Perth.
Along the way, the peloton of riders will stop in the towns of Denmark, Walpole, Pemberton, Busselton, Bunbury, Australind and Mandurah.
The Team will be fundraising and training hard right through until the ride kicks off on 23 March.
Image caption: The Citadel MAGNUS Ride for Youth Team: Bill Fry, Chris Rimmer, Michael Barrett, Frankie Millar, Paul Ryan, Nigel Hunt