On their bikes to help oth­ers

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera and Sophia Con­stan­tine

Pil­bara bik­ers are revving up for an an­nual ride across the re­gion that raises money and aware­ness about de­pres­sion and sui­cide pre­ven­tion.

The one-day Black Dog Ride is be­ing held for its eighth year on Sun­day, March 19, start­ing at Port Hed­land’s Ceme­tery Beach and fin­ish­ing in Dampier.

The re­gional ride is one of a se­ries of Black Dog Rides across the na­tion, which have raised more than $2.2 mil­lion to­wards men­tal health since they started in 2009.

Ear­lier this year, Pil­bara Black Dog Ride or­gan­iser James Searle told The North West Tele­graph it was a pas­sion for bikes and a drive to help oth­ers that brought rid­ers out each year.

“Our motto is to get the con­ver­sa­tion go­ing about sui­cide and de­pres­sion in our society, ” he said.

“It’s not un­til you ac­tu­ally speak to some­one, that you know what is go­ing on in their lives.”

Pil­bara Mo­tor­cy­cle Sis­ters are one of sev­eral lo­cal bik­ers’ groups tak­ing part this year.

Pres­i­dent Leah Scholes said it was for a “hugely im­por­tant” cause, es­pe­cially in the Pil­bara where men­tal health was a big is­sue. “We need to get the mes­sage out there so peo­ple don’t feel alone and don’t feel iso­lated,” she said. “Speak about it, ask are you OK?”

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Mr Searle on pil­bara@black do­gride.com.au.

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