The Rotary Club of Perth established the Santos Great Bike Ride for Homeless Youth in 2004 as mass participation cycling event to bring health and wellbeing benefits to the Western Australian community.
In order to make a genuine contribution to the community we are committed to supporting WA’s homeless youth.
This event continues to grow in popularity and the support of volunteers is essential in making this event a success every year. Giving up a few hours of your time as a volunteer to support this event will make a real difference to St John of God Horizon House.
Riders in the Santos Great Bike Ride for Homeless Youth should be aware that considerable resources are needed to run a high quality event like this and note that registration fees only cover the cost of running the event. You can make a real difference by fundraising for our charity, with every dollar that you secure in fundraising going directly to charity.
Rod Slater, Rotary Club of Perth
St John of God Horizon House
According to Homelessness Australia, approximately 35% of the nearly 10,000 homeless people in Western Australia are aged between 12 and 25 years. For the vast majority of these young people, homelessness isn’t a choice – it’s the result of having fled an abusive and often dangerous home life.
St John of God Horizon House provides medium to long term accommodation and support for young people aged 16-22 who are currently experiencing, or are at serious risk of, homelessness. We help to break the cycle of homelessness by providing stable housing, counselling and a life skills program while our residents access education, training and/or employment opportunities as part of their journey towards independence.
Through our program, young people can access:
1) Accommodation and intensive support for up to 12 months
2) Transitional accommodation and support for up to 12 months
3) Outreach to support independent living for up to 12 months
As one of the only long-term youth accommodation providers currently operating in WA, the demand for our services is significant. That’s where you come in. Every year the Santos Great Bike Ride helps raise vital funds for St John of God Horizon House. This year, all money raised will go towards securing more transitional St John of God Horizon Houses (no money goes to administration).
Please help us by participating in this year’s ride, sponsoring a rider or registering as a volunteer. Your involvement will help us provide a young person with opportunities they desperately need in order to become independent.