Property industry ride puts the brakes on youth homelessness by raising $100,000
November 2018 VIC
Property professionals joined the Property Industry Foundation, Event Sponsor Secure Parking and Principle Sponsor TM Insight, for the 6th annual Melbourne Corporate Charity Cycling Day. The event raised in excess of $100,000 to support at-risk and homeless young people.
Alarmingly, 2016 census data reveals homelessness has jumped 14% over the last five years, with 42,000 young people now sleeping rough every night across Australia.
“We are doing our part to help rebuild young lives with much-needed funds,” says Peter Inge OAM, Victorian Chairman of the Property Industry Foundation.
“Our members’ determination to raise awareness for these young people and help to give them a way out of their situation and into a new future is truly motivating.”
“Funds raised from the ride are distributed to beneficiary charities, Chatterbox Bus an outreach service, and PIF Housing Program with industry members of PIF constructing these homes,” says Mr Inge OAM.
The Charity Cycling Day was held on Friday 16th November and kicked off from RACV Cape Schanck along the Mornington Peninsula. More than 180 riders from the property industry rode two challenging cycling courses – 55km or 80km along the Mornington Peninsula.
Mr Inge says, “It is deeply encouraging to see so many riders from the industry raising funds for homeless and at-risk youth.
“The property industry loves to generously devote their time, energy and funds for the greater good and we are proud to see more and more corporates getting involved each year.”
Trek Seafrego Tour de France rider Koen de Kort, who is passionate about tackling the issues of youth homelessness, is the PIF Event Ambassador and led the Charity Cycling Day. He was also joined by fellow professional cyclists Nathan Elliot and Mark O’Brien. Matthew Keenan and Sophie Smith, cycling commentators and journalists, also joined the Tour de PIF.
PIF partners with its charity beneficiaries and the property industry to build homes to reduce youth homelessness. Over the last 6 years they have invested $12.6 million into vital programs, helping their Charity Partners to rebuild young lives.