Rid­ers fight the black dog

Narrogin Observer - - Observer News - Laura Gru­bisa

Ten rid­ers took off from El­ders in Nar­ro­gin last week to make their way to Bus­sel­ton for the an­nual Black Dog Ride.

The ride is from Bus­sel­ton to Ho­bart, cover­ing 4000km over 10 days.

The Nar­ro­gin rid­ers left on Fri­day morn­ing to head to Bus­sel­ton where the rode be­gan on Satur­day.

To­day, they will be rid­ing 532km from Port Au­gusta to Mil­dura.

The Black Dog Ride was es­tab­lished in 2009 by founder Steve An­drews af­ter his best friend’s wife died af­ter a silent strug­gle with de­pres­sion. Mr An­drews felt the need to raise com­mu­nity aware­ness of de­pres­sion and so he em­barked on a month-long solo ride around Aus­tralia where he raised $34,000 for Sui­cide Call Back Ser­vice.

Since its es­tab­lish­ment al­most 10 years ago there have been more than 140 rides sup­port­ing de­pres­sion and sui­cide pre­ven­tion.

To sup­port the ride and to find out more in­for­ma­tion, visit black­do­gride.com.au.

If you or some­one you know is think­ing of sui­cide, phone Life­line on 13 11 14.

Pic­ture: Laura Gru­bisa

Ten rid­ers left El­ders in Nar­ro­gin and made their way to Bus­sel­ton last Fri­day.

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