Early on Sunday 20th March, 100 cyclists joined support crews, SDMF staff and volunteers at Centennial Park – the start line for the 145Classic: Ride for Youth 2016
Cyclists rode 145km, from Sydney to Triple Care Farm at Knights Hills in the NSW Southern Highlands – all to raise funds to build the first detox centre dedicated to youth in NSW.
While Sir David Martin Foundation funds Mission Australia’s award winning Triple Care Farm rehabilitation centre for young people aged 16-24 years, there is currently no dedicated detox facility for young people in NSW. In order to participate in rehabilitation, young people must first withdraw their body of the drugs or alcohol in which they are addicted. Detox is a painful and traumatic experience for many. Currently, young people don’t have dedicated support assisting them in this vital step to a new life – supporters of Sir David Martin Foundation and riders of Sunday’s 145Classic: Ride for Youth are doing something about it, with development to start on the new detox centre for youth due to begin later this year.
Cyclists such as Alex Green, General Manager of Sir David Martin Foundation, have spent the last few months fundraising ahead of the 145km including the gruelling climb of Jamberoo Mountain which challenges even strong cyclists.
“It was a great cycling event to be part of. It was both challenging and enjoyable to ride alongside such a great group of people. I am proud that my efforts today as a part of the 145Classic are going to make real and sustainable changes in the lives of young people, giving them hope for the future – that’s worth the challenge.” Says Alex.
To date, today’s cyclists have raised over $100,000 to help young people in crisis with many continuing their efforts to raise as much as they can in support of the detox centre.
Sir David Martin Foundation thanks all of this years’ cyclists, volunteers, donors, and support crews for making the 145Classic: Ride for Youth 2016 such a successful and enjoyable event, helping to ultimately change the lives of young people in crisis.
Keen to ride next year? The 2017 145Classic: Ride for Youth will be held on Sunday 19th March 2017. Registrations open soon.