Anita Heathcote

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30 for 30 Challenge for Youth Off The Streets

On any given night in Australia, over 28,000 young people are homeless. The pandemic has only worsened this situation and simple acts of kindness matter now, more than ever before.

Thirty years ago, Youth Off The Streets was founded by Father Chris Riley. Since then the Organisation has supported thousands of young people who struggle with the daily challenges of homelessness, domestic and family violence, poverty, trauma, disconnection from school and other forms of disadvantage.

Today, Youth Off The Streets is still on the frontlines, working with young people to give them access to safe accommodation, education, counselling and other mental health services, life skills and employment programs, among vital support services.

This November, I’m participating in the 30 for 30 Challenge for Youth Off The Streets to celebrate their incredible 30 year milestone!

I have registered with a group of friends, our team name is 30 Years 30 MORE! our challenge is to cycle 300kms over 2 days on the 27th & 28th November, with a goal to raise $3,000 and hopefully much MORE!.

This organisation means so much more to me than just a job. I am passionate about the work we do and see first-hand how it changes the lives of young people. Giving youth who experience disadvantage the opportunity to transform their lives through education, training and employment is a powerful thing. I am so proud to be a part of Father Chris Riley’s dream

Getting involved in events which raise awareness and funds for Youth Off The Streets is my way of leading by example and teaching my son the importance of ‘giving back’ to our community

Using the 'Donate' button on this page you can sponsor our team and help us raise much needed funds to ensure Youth Of The Streets can continue Father Chris Riley's dream of ensuring all young people have the support and opportunities they need to be defined by their potential, not their circumstances.

Thank you for your support!

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Thursday 2nd Dec

I wanted to do something special to honour the most inspiring man Ive ever met ‘Father Chris Riley’ who in 2021 celebrates a significant achievement, 30 years of ensuring young people at Youth Off The Streets have the support and opportunities they need to be defined by their ‘potential’ NOT their circumstances. A vision which deeply resonates with me.

 

The 30 For 30 Challenge https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https://fundraise.youthoffthestreets.com.au/event/30-for-30-challenge/home&c=E,1,Klk0Le2QAc3QpmKvuSlXOxzVuWq6nU_kKCiR8GkVRjMNn_WoqO1x9MfKn3GPraOWeV-kRCDgZTh5NdL9PyvyXwiAg3Q3uOBspZSE-1DNqHg9nqoDxC4Y&typo=1 gave me the opportunity to do this, no surprise to anyone it would involve my love of cycling. I took everything I’ve learned from the work I do with our Cycle Of Courage program and my involvement in the Sydney To Surfers Robbo’s ride and organised a charity ride of my own.

 

The plan…cycle 300kms over 2 days, return trip from Menai to Bundanoon - total metres to climb 3,606 with a fundraising goal of $3,000. It didn’t take long to find 8 other crazy individuals eager to escape their LGA, so we registered as the 30 Years 30 MORE Team.

 

Not even La Niña was going stop our commitment to completing our challenge but didn’t she TRY ! Rain, head winds, sideways wind, fog and more RAIN, the hardest conditions I’ve ever cycled in but it only made our pack more determined. There was however one shining moment, as we emerged through the fog from Robertson, fingers and toes frozen…the sun broke through the clouds as we began our 8km decent down Macquarie Pass through vibrant rainforest and cascading waterfalls…the feeling in the group was pure elation, it was a major highlight!

 

If the pandemic has taught me anything, it’s to never take our freedom for granted and treasure every precious moment you spend outside your house, in nature, with your friends.

 

Reflecting over the weekend since completing our challenge, I have an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and I have our 30 Years 30 MORE Team to thank! Elizabeth, Biscuits, Stephen, Ray, Fran, Greg, Carl, Tony & Steven. Im so grateful to you for making this event something we can all be proud of and for giving me a bunch of memories I will never forget.

 

Today our team reached a fundraising total of $11,323!

 

This event has exceeded all expectation and I’d like to acknowledge the following people for their contribution

 

EVERYONE who sponsored us!! On behalf of the team we are so appreciative of your support for Youth Off The Streets to continue their tireless work on the frontlines, providing young people with access to safe accomodation, education, counselling and other mental health services, life skills, and employment programs.

 

Sydney To Surfers Robbo’s ride committee members… the most selfless, kind, dedicated volunteers, your commitment to planning charity rides as a major fundraiser for Father Riley’s Organisation for the last 22 years is awe inspiring. I am truely humbled by your generosity, you have taught me so much. Thank you for the loan of the sign and light for our support vehicle.

 

I still have my heart set on achieving a personal goal of raising $3,000…..

$246  TO GO! https://fundraise.youthoffthestreets.com.au/fundraisers/anitaheathcote/30-for-30-challenge

Thank you to my Sponsors

$515

David Salmon

Good luck & well done yet again!!!

$515

John Kelman

Wish I could be there and join the ride, but... Next year!

$200

Thuy Giang

You always inspire me!

$104.40

Paul Mcdonald

Good Luck Anita

$104.40

Cameron

This won’t be my last donation! Your killing it, keep it up, your an inspiration.

$104.40

Park Bikes At Sydney Olympic Park

$104.40

Rob B Chauvet

$104.40

Debbie-lee Lloyd

Go girl, you are amazing, I miss you

$104.40

Glennzo

“She believed she could, so she did” So proud of you. 🌻

$104.40

Julita Ciesielski

Go Anita!

$104.40

Sinc Solutions

Well done you!

$104.40

Peter Abel

For the future of Young Australia

$52.20

Cath Mackay

Enjoy the ride!

$52.20

Sally And Bob Ritchie

Good on you Anita and enjoy!

$52.20

Andrew Heathcote

$52.20

Joanne Arancibia

You’re inspirational.

$52.20

Michelle Sexty

$52.20

Tom Burns

YOTS will always be close to my heart and it's impossible not to be awe struck by the amazing and inspiring work done everyday by beautiful people such as yourself

$52.20

Angela M

Woohoo - go Anita!

$52.20

Bill Lloyd

Great work!

$52.20

Cath Harland

Anita, fantastic effort. You're absolutely smashing it!

$50

Phill Frisardi

Anita you are a champion. Father Chris would be proud of you. Love Phill and Anne

$50

Joanne Heathcote

GOOD LUCK!

$36.54

Michael Tomalaris

You’re a champion in every Anita. Can’t wait to ride with you in S2S in May 2022.

$31.32

Steve Andersen

Great work for a wonderful cause

$31.32

Fraser Mackay-sim

Good onya Anita.

$31.32

Annika Lando

You are amazing !!!!

$31.32

Melissa Davis

You go girl!! 🚴🏻

$31.32

Hanalei Bickley

Go Anita! Your work is so inspiring!

$31.32

Bryson Family

You are amazing!!! A wonderful organisation to be raising money for xxx

$30

Bec Willow

You inspire so many people my darling sister.

$20.88

Lee-anne Hanney

You are an inspiration Anita. All the best in your challenge

$20.88

Cat Buttolo

You are amazing!! Lots of love xxxxxx

Youth Off The Streets acknowledges the traditional owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises their connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to Elders both past and present.

ABN 29 100 388 412 | Charity fundraising no. 12611
Youth Off The Streets, PO Box 6025 Alexandria NSW 2015

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