As its name suggests, the Sydney to Surfers bike ride is a gruelling almost 1000km bike ride from North Sydney to Surfers Paradise. In 2018, our friends at the Rotary Club of Engadine celebrated 20 years of riding to raise funds for Youth Off The Streets. This year we had twelve young people and seven staff members riding every day, a number which has grown since our young people started joining the ride.
Dion Reed, a Youth Off The Streets staff member has been a participant on the ride for the last 6 years and believes that this is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to shine.
“The Sydney to Surfers ride is always a great time for the kids,” says Dion “The support we get from all the other riders is phenomenal. This year our young riders put in a massive effort and they rode every kilometre with every young person staying on their bikes the entire time! The ride does get tiresome, especially in those later days, but our young people supported each other the entire time, with the help of 3 returning graduate riders.”
Cycling is a big part of Youth Off The Streets, thanks to the Cycle of courage program, it’s a great way to offer students new opportunities. It uses physical activity to empower students to overcome challenges, develop supportive relationships being part of a team, practice self-discipline and perform acts of generosity. With the Sydney to Surfers ride allowing them to showcase all the above skills.
Over the past 20 years this fantastic initiative has raised over $3,000,000 for Youth Off The Streets to help disconnected young people, but it has more value than that. The lessons learned, relationships built and character developed from 20 years of these rides will last a lifetime.
Congratulations to all our young people, staff, members of the Rotary Club of Engadine and all the riders who took part in the ride this year and any years before it. We look forward to seeing you for our 21st year!