Cyclists’ flying start

Flying high: Jetstar pilot Aaron Malcolm celebrates the airline providing free flights to fundraisers Mark Powell, Jon Watson, Jason Hill and Leigh McCarthy. Picture: Amy Paton
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After months of training, four Warrnambool cyclists are jetting off to take on a bike ride with a difference.

The Cycle4Life team of Mark Powell, Jon Watson, Jason Hill and Leigh McCarthy will depart on Saturday for a 1100-kilometre ride from Sydney to Noosa to raise money and awareness for youth mental health group headspace.

The quartet have been helped on their six-day journey thanks to free flights from Jetstar, which was approached to support the group.

“We’re just so appreciative of Jetstar and the community in general for their support,” Mr Hill said.

“It’s fantastic, to be not out of pocket is just amazing.”

The cyclistsset a fund-raising target of $70,000.

“We’ve hit that and are now just slightly above that so we’re absolutely ecstatic,” Mr Powell said.

Mr Hill said the money raised would also help skill young people.

“One of the things that we’ve recognised is that employment and training are so important for young people,for their mental health and their own self-esteem…so one of the things that we’re going to do in partnership with headspace is $5000 scholarships for young people who want to pursue training in the health sector or in another area,” he said.

“It’s offering young people a leg up.”

headspace Warrnambool regional managerAnne Waters said the ride provided many positives.

“The fund-raising benefit is significant,” she said.

“More importantly, what the event does is really raise awareness in the community and de-stigmatises mental health because, as we know, one in four 12 to 25 year olds will experience a mental health problem and it’s important services like headspace are there and easily accessible for young people to get help early.”

Jetstar chiefDavid Hall said the airline was proud to be involved.

“As a large business with hundreds of young employees across Australia, we’re working hard to improve mental well-being in the workplace and reduce the stigma for those who need a helping hand.

“That’s why we’re so proud to support headspace and help Warrnambool’s Cycle4Life team raise much-needed funds.”

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