Peddler for awareness of depression and Jase
BEN Wood is cycling to the four points of Australia to help raise awareness and money for suicide after his brother passed away on November 17, 2015.
It was a dream of Woods and his brother, Jase, to ride across Australia and as a dedication to his memory to raise awareness for depression he has started his journey.
While stopping in Mareeba and heading across the Savannah Way, Woods took the time to talk with the Tablelands Advertiser about depression, his journey, cause and raising money for Black Dog Institution to help others like his brother.
Woods started his ride on June 10 but was hit by a car in Brisbane and was forced to put his journey on hold requiring surgery on his shoulder.
Back on his bike, Woods said he will be riding to cover the furthest points of Australia, North, East, South and West.
Woods is also aiming to break the Guinness World Record for the longest journey by bicycle in a single country.
The current record is 15,222km (9558.6 miles) which was achieved by Santosh Holi in India, who rode throughout India from October 13, 2015 to 31 January, 2016.
Woods will be riding between 18,000km to 20,000km in Australia with the aims to finish his journey in February 2018.
“We had a dream to ride across the country and we never got to so now I am doing it and taking him with me,” he said.
“I take his ashes to each spot as my way to grieve and to give people hope and let them know there is help out there.
“I see it as a good way for my grieving process and to raise awareness for mental health and the Black Dog Institute.”
During his journey so far, Woods has taken the chance to talk to community members and schools about depression and how people can get help.
He encourages anyone who wishes to donate to go on their website http://www.rideforjase.org/ and click the donate button.
According to the Ride for Jase website, there has been $206,054 raised. If you or someone close to you needs support please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.