In the middle of last Saturday’s gruelling heat 80 motorcyclists rode together from Cabramatta up to the Mountains and raised $1600 for Kids Under Cover.
This was the fifth annual Start-of-Year Ride by the Sydney West Riders motorcycle group.
The group’s co-founder Kevin Lam said they did it to help give homeless kids a home.
“You know, the root causes of youth homelessness vary,” he said. “Actually, there are no clear-cut causes.
“But what I do know is that a sense of home is important. It’s a place you return to when things get tough. Losing this can have a detrimental impact on your health and wellbeing.
“Kids Under Cover provides accommodation in the form of studios to youth at risk, plus many other services. Accommodation is more than a Band-Aid. It’s a gift of hope for youths. It provides an opportunity for young people to rebuild and restore their lives and, importantly, keep families together.”
The riders went through Penrith, then on to Springwood and then regrouped for much-needed water at Govetts Leap lookout in the Mountains before making their way to their final stop at the Bilpin Apple Pie Cafe.
Kids Under Cover is a not-profit organisation which started in Melbourne in 1993. They provide secure accommodation for young people at risk, keep families together and provide financial support through scholarships. They focus on early identification of problems and are proactive rather than reactive.
Though not making as much as they hope on the ride, everyone felt a unity of purpose and the day was memorable.
Supporters included Ezviz, Shonky Snapz, Snowfoam, Inspire180 and all the of members of the Sydney West Riders and Ambassadors Motorcycle Club and Bikers Australia motorcycle clubs.
The Sydney West Riders are already planning next year’s Start-of-Year Ride.
- Details: Kevin Lam, co-founder, Sydney West Riders, 0468 927 374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Sydney West Riders
This group started in 2012 and has weekly night rides on Wednesdays and special events including charity rides and food meets. They have an active Facebook page, where riders meet, discuss, organise rides and buy/sell motorcycles and accessories. Our vision is to bring riders together and build a platform for their riding journey. Our aim is also to provide positive publicity of motorcycling by supporting local organisations, charities and individuals. We hope to empower and inspire others especially youth.
- More: sydneywestriders.com.au.
About Kids Under Cover
This group respond to the needs of young people at risk of homelessness due to family conflict and home overcrowding. Other problems which may need support include mental health, disability and housing affordability. The organisation builds one- or two-bedroom, relocatable studios with a bathroom in the backyard of the family or carer’s home. Providing secure accommodation is complemented with education or training scholarships to help young people. This combination of accommodation and educational support helps keep young people connected to family, education and the community.
- More: kuc.org.au.
- As at 29/01/18 the tally of funds raised is now $1600 and the story has been updated to reflect this.