Ride for RYLA

RIDE FOR RYLA is a team of three young men (Glen Gorton, Andrew Nolan and Julian Buttigieg) who were participating in an insanely adventurous, slightly dangerous, unsupported expedition, riding approximately 3000km across Peru on what was described by the events organisers as "a woefully bad amalgamation of two inadequate vehicles". 

The Mototaxi Junket (an event that was held in October 2014 by an organisation called The Adventurists) ​involvedparticipants driving a mototaxi over the Andes mountains & through the Amazon jungle, mostly off-road, with NO SET ROUTE and NO BACK-UP, with the aim of getting from Point A to Point B within 14 days!

The RIDE FOR RYLA team believed the Mototaxi Junket was the perfect way to raise awareness about RYLA - Rotary District 9640, and to raise funds to sponsor youth to attend the program in 2015. This adventure was the perfect platform to showcase the tools and core values that the RYLA program embodies. RYLA itself has had a very positive impact on Glen, Andrew and Julian's lives, and the RYLA program offers a unique opportunity for youth to develop and improve themeselves in the following key areas:

  • Leadership Development      
  • Public Speaking
  • Personal Development              
  • Goal Setting
  • Negotiation Skills                     
  • Motivation
  • Fitness and Wellbeing              
  • Interpersonal Skills

RYLA teaches individuals to be proud of who they are, to believe, to dream big, and set goals towards anything they may wish to achieve in life. Glen, Andrew and Julian set a goal to raise enough money to sponsor at least 10 young adults to attend RYLA District 9640 in 2015. It costs $500 to sponsor a youth to attend the week long RYLA program, and as the RIDE FOR RYLA team know, it is $500 well spent. But don't just take our word for it, check out these testimonials from past RYLA awardees. 

Pictured: RYLA 2012

In typical circumstances, a Rotary club or employer would pay the $500 for either a local youth or their employee to attend RYLA. The RIDE FOR RYLA team aimed to "pay forward" Rotary's kindness by raising money to pay for awardees in 2015, as a gesture of thanks to the Rotary clubs that once paid for them.

If you would like to learn more about RYLA in Rotary District 9640, please click here to visit the website. 

To learn more about Ride for RYLA, watch an interview with the three participants here, or visit their website: http://www.rideforryla.com/

YOU can help the RIDE FOR RYLA team achieve this goal by donating via the following options donating via direct deposit to RYLA District 9640. A donation amount of your choice can be sent directly to RYLA District 9640 via a direct deposit bank transfer:

Bank: National Australia Bank

BSB: 084 462

Account Number: 73 021 4350

Account Name: Rotary International District 9640 Limited

Reference: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Please Note: RYLA is not a registered charity and therefore your donation is not tax deductible. 

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