How it all Started
Ride4Rotary Illawarra was the brainchild of 2 Illawarra Rotarians in late 2013.
 
The concept of a cycling event to raise finds for vulnerable and disadvantaged youth was born with the first R4R Illawarra taking place on 2014 raising $4,000 and fetauring 25 riders.
 
Operating as the Combined Rotary Clubs of the Illawarra and featuring 6 of the 9 local Rotary Clubs, the organisers created a committee and selected local charity, Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS) as a benficiary of funds raised.
 
5 years later, after 6 consecutive annual events, a total of $93,000 has been raised for SYFS and in 2019 an agreement was formalised linking Rotary Illawarra and SYFS in partnership to this event exclusively.
 
The highest event fund total was $22,000 in both 2018 and 2019 with the 2020 event regrettably cancelled due to COVID-19.
 
The good news though is that Ride4Rotary is back at the Unanderra Velodrome this May 23rd, bigger and better than ever, proudly supported by BluescopeWIN Community Partnerships as Major Event Sponsors.
 
With a new website, increased local media and local business support, great prizes on offer and even a Virtual Ride option out 2021 fundrasing target is $40,000 and we need need your help to raise much needed funds for youth at risk across the Illawarra and South Coast.
The Event
Participate in Ride4Rotary on Sunday 22nd May at the Unanderra Velodrome in support of Young People at Risk by registering and selecting your half hour ride session. Or, select the ‘Virtual Ride’ option and ride whenever you want, wherever you want anytime between May 1st - May22nd.
 
Choose to ride solo or join or create your own team for motivation and support. E-Bikes welcome! 
Create your profile, reach out to your networks to get sponsored and raise funds for Southern Youth and Family Services.
 
Turn up on the day from 9am even if you’ve already ridden virtually, and enjoy our Family Fun Day with a Petting Zoo, Roaming Magician, Kids Footy Clinic, Face Painter as well as great Food and Drinks!! 
Stick around that afternoon for the presentation where the top individual and team fundraisers will be presented with their prizes.
Southern Youth & Family Services
Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS) is a local Not-for-Profit that has the main purpose of supporting and caring for vulnerable and homeless young people (up to twenty four years of age) or those at risk of disadvantage and homelessness. SYFS also supports the families of these young people which may include parents, grand parents, siblings, other extended family members and even foster families.
 

What we do? 

This work provides Supported Accommodation, Community Social Housing, Health and Outreach Services, Out of Home Care Services, Family Services including counselling, parenting programs and early intervention, and Education, Employment and Training programs.
Last year, across 47 different services SYFS provided Supported Accommodation, Community Social Housing, Health and Outreach Services, Out of Home Care Services and Family Services including Counselling, Parenting Programs, Early Intervention, and Education, Employment and Training programs.
SYFS operated 47 different services through 20 different funding programs in 2020-21, assisting 22,539 families and young people.  

Live Ride

Ride live on May 22nd at the Unanderra Velodrome by selecting your half hour session and turning up with your bike and helmet.
Choose to ride solo or as a part of a team that you either join or create.
No pressure, age or time limits, so whatever type of bike you have, ride around at your own pace with a big smile on your face!

Virtual Ride

Ride in your own time, anywhere you like at any time between May 1st and May 22nd. Hit the road or bike-track whenever you like or push out some k’s on your exercise bike at home or in the gym!

It's all about the cause so it can be as little as one 10 minute ride or even a short walk. The main thing is you're regsitered, involved and raising money for a great cause!
Log your activity on your profile and upload pics and video content to inspire other competitors, team members and sponsors.