Sports stars ride for men­tal health cause

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Three Aus­tralian sport­ing celebri­ties were among a 60-strong team of cy­clists who vis­ited Roe­bourne and Kar­ratha last week on a char­ity ride to com­bat de­pres­sion.

Clad in neon orange ly­cra, the cy­cling group stood out as they made their way through the Pil­bara for Tour XOz, the na­tional pre­miere fundraiser for the Black Dog In­sti­tute, which this year took rid­ers on a 2500km trip from Perth to Broome.

Among them were AFL leg­end and former Aus­tralian of the Year Adam Goodes, former Aus­tralian rugby star Scott Gour­ley and SBS cy­cling com­men­ta­tor Mike To­ma­laris. Af­ter ar­riv­ing in Kar­ratha last Wednesday, the group spent the next morn­ing meet­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers in Roe­bourne, gath­er­ing first for a com­mu­nity break­fast be­fore split­ting into three groups to visit the lo­cal school, Roe­bourne Re­gional Prison and Yaan­d­ina’s aged care fa­cil­ity.

They fin­ished their visit with a town-wide foot­ball game on Roe­bourne Oval.

Goodes, who was tak­ing part in the ride for the first time, said men­tal health was a cause he was pas­sion­ate about and es­pe­cially had res­o­nance on the Pil­bara leg of the trip. “This is a re­ally spe­cial com­mu­nity and we need to put a few smiles on peo­ple’s faces and re­ally cel­e­brate the good things that are hap­pen­ing in this com­mu­nity with the young kids,” he said.

Speak­ing at the com­mu­nity break­fast, lo­cal leader Josie Sam­son wel­comed the rid­ers to town and said she ap­pre­ci­ated them tak­ing the time to get to know the com­mu­nity and pro­mote pos­i­tive men­tal health.

The TourXOz rid­ers left Perth on September 16.

They were ini­tially joined by deputy premier Roger Cook and rode about 150km a day along the WA coast be­fore ar­riv­ing in Kar­ratha and Roe­bourne.

They went on to Hed­land be­fore fin­ish­ing in Broome late last week.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

The TourXOz cy­cling group, in­clud­ing Simon Rosen­baum, Sa­muel Poin­ton, Scott Gour­ley, Adam Goodes, Michael To­ma­laris, Neil Jackson, Robert Chamalaun and Ed­wina Ner­adovsky visit Roe­bourne PCYC.

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