Black Dog Ride revs up to prevent suicide and depression

IF YOU hear the sound of motorbikes howling through the region on Sunday, prepare to dig deep as it’s for a good cause.

The Black Dog Ride for depression and suicide prevention will start on the weekend as riders across Australia hit the road to raise awareness.

Kallangur rider and Black Dog Queensland Co-ordinator Michael Young said he was looking forward to the journey.bigstock_Thumb_Up_1037090

“Last year the ride raised $200,000 Australia wide, this year we’re hoping to top that,” Mr Young said.

The Sunshine Coast leg is expecting close to 200 riders, including some who have never explored their own backyard before.

“It’s an opportunity for a lot of riders to go through some great towns and see what there is to offer, it may also bring some return visits in the future,” Mr Young said.

“Motorbike riding is a very communal thing, we get a lot of support from each other.”

Participants from across the country will hop on their motorbikes and travel the distance of their pick of one of 31 locations.

More than 5000 riders are expected to take part this year with Lifeline being the beneficiary on funds raised.

Funds raised will go towards Lifeline’s vital suicide prevention programs.

This is the first year the Black Dog Ride will be held on the Sunshine Coast. The ride will start at the Ettamogah Pub, head towards Kilcoy and back.

The Black Dog mascot is a dog named Winston.

Many of the riders will be joined by plush black dogs on the day in support of the cause. The phrase Black Dog was coined by politician Winston Churchill as a nickname for depression.

This article first appeared on ‘Caboolture News’ on 19 March 2014.

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