Hollywood specialists ride to support at risk youth
Jan 22, 2018
A team of Hollywood Private Hospital (Hollywood) specialists has committed to riding over 700kms from Geraldton to Perth in the 2018 Hawaiian Ride for Youth, one of Perth’s premier charity events which is being held from 20 to 24 March 2018.
The Hollywood team includes Urologists Dr Andrew Tan and Dr David Sofield, Orthopaedic Surgeons Dr Clem McCormick and Dr Jon Spencer, and Bariatric Surgeon Dr Susan Taylor. Hollywood Private Hospital Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Peter Mott, will participate in the CEO Challenge, riding the final leg of the journey from Mandurah to Perth.
From humble beginnings in 2003, the event has raised more than $15 million for Youth Focus, an independent not for profit organisation that supports vulnerable young people in Western Australia by offering a range of mental health services.
During the four and a half day ride, the Hollywood team and approximately 200 other riders will visit high schools to engage with students on the issues of youth suicide, depression, anxiety, self-harm and the assistance Youth Focus provides.
Mr Mott said “As a leading provider of mental health services, Hollywood is very proud to support such an important and worthy event. Most of us have at some stage been directly or indirectly impacted by mental health, and as parents we’re aware of the growing incidence of youth suicide, depression and self-harm.”
Each member of the Hollywood team has committed to raising funds for Youth Focus. To support their individual efforts, the team is hosting a fundraising event, ‘Champagne Sunsets’, on Saturday 3 February, 7.00pm, at the City of Perth Surf Lifesaving Club.
Mr Mott added, “It promises to be a stunning evening with French champagne, premium beers and wine, an oyster shucker and food by Ultimo Catering. Guests will be entertained by the very talented Perth Symphony Orchestra Quartet and will have the opportunity to bid for some fabulous auction items. Tickets are $150 each, with all proceeds going to Youth Focus.”
If you would like to purchase a ticket, please visit rideforyouth.com.au/2018/event/champagne-sunsets/