Black Dog Ride

By Kirra Livingstone

SOME 270 motorbike riders from across the Sunshine Coast ventured to the Beerwah Sportsground to take part in the Black Dog one dayer 160km ride around the hinterland, raising roughly $15,000.

The event took place on March 19 across the country in 55 towns. It  takes place every year on the third Sunday of March with the aim of raising money and awareness for depression.

Although they are still counting how much money they raised, ride coordinators Sandra and Donna said they were very happy with the amount so far.

Debbie and Lee

“We want to thank the community for their support and great efforts throughout the ride, and we also wanted to thank all the schools who made and put-up artwork to support us,” they said.

Ride coordinator Sandra commented on the importance of having mental health days, especially those that allows you to go on a motorbike ride.

“It’s absolutely important to have days like this, and to bring the community in too, going past all the shops that had their signs up, it’s absolutely amazing,” she said.

“That community support, it just helps bring these issues to light and that’s really our biggest aim that we raise awareness, and nothing beats riding a motorbike while doing it.”

Bikes in Kenilworth

The range of bikes on the day including many Harley Davidsons’, a few Indian Motorcycles’, a few Victorys’, a gold Hayabusa, a few trikes and many more bike brands.

If you or a friend, need support, please contact Lifeline anytime on 131114 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300659467.