The Ride Begins
This Saturday, 18 August, I begin my third national Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre. Hundreds of motorcycle riders from around the country will join me as we set off for Alice Springs on our awareness raising mission.
It all began 4 years ago following the shock death by suicide of my best mate’s wife. Some years earlier I had found my Mum dead, she had also taken her own life. What causes someone to end their life so abruptly, leaving loved ones and friends devastated, confused, hurt and often carrying guilt? Depression! It’s an illness reaching almost epidemic levels in our community and the leading cause of suicide. I had to do something to get people talking about the hidden suffering, to encourage them to seek help, to stop the tragic loss of life. So I hopped on my bike and rode solo around Australia in 26 days. The reaction of motorcycle riders across the country was overwhelming and Black Dog Ride the movement had begun.
Reaching a Milestone
We’re not usually big on blowing our own trumpet but today we’ve got half a million reasons to purse our lips to the little brass instrument. See what all the noise is about here.
Watch the Ride on Channel 9
If you’d like to keep an eye on us during the Ride it’s really easy this year. Media Partners Channel 9 will be broadcasting the Today Show weather reports live between 6am and 9am from Broken Hill on Tuesday 21st August, Port Augusta on Wednesday 22nd, Coober Pedy on Thursday 23rd and Alice Springs on Thursday 24th. There will also be afternoon and evening News reports from Black Dog Rider and Ch 9 journalist Simon Bouda.
Don’t forget you can also track us in real time through SPOT on the BDR website , Facebook and Twitter by using #blackdogride. If you’re not on Facebook or Twitter you can find all of this on the BDR Homepage.
You can help
The other vital part of our Ride is fundraising for the Black Dog Institute .Funds will allow the Institute to raise awareness and education of mood disorders as well as carry out more research into effective diagnosis, treatment and early intervention of mood disorders.
By donating here you will be making a difference and hopefully help to improve or save the life of someone you know or love.