The Youth Off The Streets’ Cycle of Courage program embarked on their latest endeavor last Sunday, 3 November. A team of 12 of our students smashed the gruelling 82km Sydney to Gong bike ride to help raise awareness for MS Australia.
Through flat tyres and steep inclines the team made it all the way to Wollongong with the help of a few staff members and volunteers.
The students all had varying abilities with some of the students on their first cycling event and some on their third or fourth event. Despite this they all reached the end line together and were greeted with much deserved cheers, medals and sausage sangas.
We were also lucky enough to have had three volunteers from Australia Post along for the ride supporting our young people to reach the finish line.
Our superstar volunteer, Pete Abel, from Bowen College was also along for the ride. He began training with the students in the lead up to the event and enjoyed cycling with them so much he has now become a regular volunteer with the Cycle of Courage program. The program delivers group cycling opportunities to re-engage young people who have become disconnected from their schools and communities.
A young person, who got a flat tyre mid-ride, said despite the few bumps along the way he is proud to have made it through.
“I am so thankful that I got to do the Sydney to gong ride and I would happily do it again next year as it was such a great experience. Thank you to all the teachers that made it possible and took time out of their weekends to help us participate in the ride. “
The Youth Off The Streets’ Cycle of Courage program continues to provide new experiences to young people by promoting healthy lifestyles, belonging to a team and connecting with the community.
Congratulations to our young people and everyone involved in the Sydney To Gong bike ride for this epic achievement!