Manjimup school students hopped on their bikes to help raise money for youth mental health this month. Students from Years 3 to 12 at Kearnan College were challenged to ride a total of 134km, which is equal to the longest leg of the Rotary Tour of the Blackwood, but ended up riding a massive 451km. The effort raised about $160 for Blackwood Youth Action, a not-for-profit organisation focused on youth mental health and wellbeing. BYA chair Sarah Youngson accepted the donation at the school on Thursday and said the event was about more than just the money. “The money raising is great, but it’s also about having those initial conversations at an early stage about mental health and wellbeing and getting kids feeling like they belong in a community that’s doing things to help others,” she said. “On so many levels it was just a really gorgeous event and something that would be amazing to see other schools around Warren-Blackwood replicate. “BYA would be really happy to support other schools to do that.” Dr Youngson said BYA had been working hard to get government support for mental health services in the inland South West. “Our mental health services are under-funded compared to coastal city counterparts and we are really grateful for any donations or any money for BYA to continue to support our young people because there is a significant need in the region,” she said. The recent Rotary Tour of the Blackwood saw $50,000 raised for BYA by 400 riders.