TheSydney West Riders motorcycle group is back for their annual Start-of-Year Ride, this time raising awareness and funds for the non-profit youth organisation KidsUnderCover. On Saturday, January 20, the riders will meet at Hungry Jack’s Cabramatta at 8am to start their ride to Springwood and Lithgow.
“Each year we undertake a ride to support a youth cause,” said the group’s co-founder, KevinLam. “This is our fifth year. In past years we’ve raised funds for youth organisations Youth off the Streets, WhiteLion and Inspire180. Many problems faced by adults tend to escalate from life experiences while young so it’s crucial that on-going backing for non-profit organisations such as Kids Under Cover are supported.”
Kids Under Cover began in Melbourne in 1993 to prevent youth homelessness. The work involves providing secure accommodation for youth at risk, keeping families together and providing financial support via scholarships. Kids Under Cover focuses on early identification of problems and preventing youth homelessness, creating a proactive rather than reactive approach to a complex issue.
Kids Under Cover chief executive Jo Swift expressed her gratitude to the Sydney West Riders. “The power of community fundraising such as the Start-of-Year Ride is significant in not only supporting our work but more importantly raising awareness of youth homelessness. Helping to prevent youth homelessness can be a whole-community affair, I commend the commitment of the organisers and participants and we’re extremely grateful to have been chosen as the charity for the 2018 ride.
“Kids Under Cover is focused on preventing youth homelessness through practical measures and early intervention. Support like this assists us in building relocatable studios for at-risk youth to live in while staying connected to family and support networks, providing the valuable space they need.”
Kids Under Cover has more than 500 studios in Victoria, Queensland, NSW and the ACT. The organisation is in conversations with the NSW Government to help push its presence in Sydney. Kevin and his brother StevenLam say while they’re excited for the upcoming ride, they’re privileged to have the opportunity to promote the life-changing work of Kids Under Cover in Sydney.
At last year’s ride Sydney West Riders and Christian Ambassadors Motorcycle Club raised over $2000 to launch the youth program Inspire180. After that ride they started their first pilot project at BonnyriggHighSchool, a nine-week program equipping, engaging and educating youth. A few months later, Inspire180 won the Community Impact Award at the 2017 Entrepreneur Gala at the Silverspoon Restaurant at Canley Heights.
This year they want to top last year’s target, aiming for $3500 in two weeks’ time.
Donate: account Sydney West Riders, BSB 062-692, account 3222 1525.
About Sydney West Riders
The social motorcyclists group was established in 2012 and has weekly night rides on Wednesdays and special events such as charity rides and food meets. They’re active on Facebook, where riders meet one another, participate in discussions, organise rides and buy or sell motorcycles and accessories. Their vision is to bring riders together and build a platform for their riding journey. They aim to provide positive publicity about motorcycling by supporting local organisations, charities and people. They hope to empower and inspire others, especially youth.
- Website here.
About Kids Under Cover
This group responds to the needs of young people at risk of homelessness due to extreme conflict caused by problems at home. Other concerns which may intensify the need for support include mental-health problems, disability and housing affordability. The Kids Under Cover solution is simple: the organisation builds one- or two-bedroom, relocatable studios with a bathroom in the backyard of the family or carer’s home. The provision of secure accommodation is complemented with education or training scholarships to financially help young people who have the passion and the motivation to go on to higher education but not the resources. This unique combination of accommodation and educational support helps keep young people connected to family, education and the community.
- Website here.