Black Dog Ride’s huge turnout

By Kirra Livingstone

BLACK Dog Ride’s tenth Sunshine Coast ride took place on March 17, leaving from the Beerwah Sportsground, with 213 riders and pillions in attendance raising roughly $12,500.
170 bikes rode together along the Hinterland track, which went through Glasshouse, Maleny, and back to Beerwah by the afternoon, where participants were met with lunch and a mental health talk.
Ride Coordinator Sandra Helkin said she had been organising the 1 Dayer ride event for the past few years, adding it was exciting to celebrate Sunshine Coast’s tenth Black Dog Ride.
“It’s been ten years, besides our break due to the pandemic, since the ride was started on the Coast, and this year we had about the same number of riders attend compared to last year,” she said.
“This is great considering the rainy weather on the day, so we are really happy with the turn out and how much money we raised.
Sandra also thanked the Blackall Range Independent School for their artwork they provided, which included a number of positive messages to encourage riders embarking on this mental health ride.
“We also got donations from QCWA Beerwah, Glass house Country Men’s Shed and Ned Kelly’s Loaded food House and Kicker Coffee, so thank you to them,” she said.
If you would like to donate to the Black Dog Ride charity, visit https://www.blackdogride.org.au/view/donate .
kirra@gcnews.com.au