When we launched The Drive to Ride in early 2019, it's safe to say we never expected the kind of response we received! We thought we might be kindly donated one or two bikes and maybe a few odds and ends to add to a collection of parts we could build on over the course of the year. We certainly never expected to put together an entire fleet of bikes, based purely on the goodness of people and their willingness to help others.
But that's exactly what happened!
We can't say thank you enough to everyone that donated their old mountain bikes towards The Drive to Ride; it was absolutely incredible for us to get out and be able to talk to these people, who came from all over the state, and chat about Lighthouse and what we do, and also find out more about each of the generous folk who kindly gifted their old bikes and parts to go towards future programs, while we were at it.
The layers of benefit to these donations for the disadvantaged youth we work with, are many. They represent an opportunity for these kids to get involved in healthy, productive, social behaviours, with people who care about them and want to encourage them to believe in their own potential. It's the chance for them to engage in getting stoked on life, and channel their energy towards productive pathways; getting their adrenaline rush from hitting the trails in the fresh air. It's going forward to respect the community that has helped make it possible. It's also the knowledge that people they didn't even know cared enough to donate these bikes, to give them these experiences.
We will now spend time refurbishing and giving the donated bikes a little bit of TLC, and getting them ready for our program participants to ride and tinker with in workshops designed to teach the skills of fixing and maintaining equipment.
We are stoked to be sharing with you an update from our newest program, RiDE, that is being delivered in Tasmania and South Australia. A partnership with MAS National, RiDE is designed to develop;
“Resilience through Inspiration & Determination leading to Employment for at-risk unemployed youth."
RiDE goes much deeper than just turning pedals over. We all know the benefits of exercise and how it can improve heath, wellbeing and enhance learning. The RiDE program seeks to take advantage of these benefits and is a mix of riding and vocational and non-vocational workshops aimed to improve skills and knowledge. RIDE is designed to give young people the best chance of success in employment or further training.
The changes we have seen in participants are nothing short of amazing! From incredible personal growth and confidence to securing traineeships and apprenticeships. The work each of our young people have put in has made us all extremely proud mentors.
"Our first intake for the RiDE Program had a 89% completion rate and with many positive employment and training outcomes"
Jamie Moore, Co-Founder, Lighthouse Youth Projects
This program is continuing to be delivered in South Australia and Tasmania. If you would like to find out more or offer your support [please click here get in touch](https://www.lighthouseyp.org/contact-us)!
Over the past few weeks, it's been awesome to see the bikes that were generously donated in our 2019 Drive to Ride make their way through another life cycle and hit the road again.
Not only is it great to see these steeds avoid hard rubbish, our little bit towards helping to reduce our impact on the world, but it’s been a ripper opportunity to teach kids at our Concrete Sessions tips and tricks to bike maintenance and repair!
The bike photographed was a cracker of an MTB generously donated, and we were happy to see it rolling again last week. We can't thank enough the donors who were willing to give their old mountain bikes a fresh spin with new riders.
Everyone at LYP is still buzzing after the big March fundraiser at the [360 Allstars](http://www.onyx-productions.com/360allstars/) show at Gluttony for the Adelaide Fringe.
Not only were we able to treat a group of very excited and deserving kids the opportunity to see behind the scenes at the incredible 360 Allstars show and meet pro bmx flatland rider Peter Sore, but a percentage of ticket sales on the night have also been donated to Lighthouse, which we are so stoked and grateful for. Every bit of support we receive gives us more opportunity to help local kids in need!
If you missed the show but still want to [donate](https://lighthouseyp.org/donate) towards LYP, we are always happy to accept donations, however big or small!