Ride for Rotary a success

Good cause, good fun: SYFS had board members, staff and young people take part in the Ride for Rotary event which raises money for disadvantaged youth.

CEO of Southern Youth and Family ServicesNarelle Clay has writtenan open letter ofappreciation to the Rotary Clubs whichmade this year’s Ride4Rotary on May 28 such a success.

Great work: Some of those who took part in the 2016 Ride for Rotary gather after the event which raised more than $19,000 for Southern Youth and Family Services.

Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS) provide services to the very disadvantaged groups in our community – vulnerable,unemployed, homeless, young people, families, victims of child abuse, domestic violence andpeople who need specialised assistance such as those facing mental health issues.

It providesemergencyaccommodation, supported transitional accommodation and housing, social housing,counselling, mediation, health, education, training and employment support, and many otherservices.

“It is imperative to raise funds from the community to fill the service gapswith SYFSlooking to the community for help and that help in the last couple of years hascome from Rotary through Rotary’s Ride4Rotary,” Ms Clay said.

“In 2015, with Rotary’s assistance we assisted 2184 vulnerable youngpeople across the organisation.

“The 2016 Ride for Rotary was an outstanding event raising in excess of $19,000. This is justconfirmation of Rotary’s commitment, talent and dedication to helping the community.

“Thesefunds are being directed to the education, training and employment needs of 50 young people,” Ms Clay said.

“It is essential to understand that these young people are severely disadvantaged, and facemany social barriers.

“These barriers can prevent them achieving goals that most people inthe community take for granted for young people. Without the extra assistance they wouldnot achieve in education, training or employment.

“The Rotary eventitself has grown in size and has become a fun event. This is a credit to the members of Rotarywho really put themselves out tomake it such a successful event.

“Participating this year wereSYFS board members, staffand youngpeople – some who had been painfully shy, scared and lacking confidence.

“A young woman with a disability had pulled out, changed her mind and rode. Another hadbeen going through a really hard time and was just coming to watch butchanged her mind, rodeand loved it.

“One young Aboriginal boy who is very shy also accepted some encouragementand did the ride and did it proudly.”

The Rotary Clubs are committed to continuing with this flagship event– another exampleof Rotary continuing to make a difference in our community.

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