Ped­dler for aware­ness of de­pres­sion and Jase

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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.ride­for­ 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.

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