Bike race aids sui­cide pre­ven­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

A Cen­tral Otago bike event or­gan­iser wants to use his event to help in the battle to pre­vent sui­cide in the re­gion.

Win­ter Quest or­gan­iser Nigel Lines said he would do­nate a por­tion of the en­try fees to the Otago Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Trust.

‘‘De­pres­sion is quite a big thing and a prob­lem in the Cen­tral Otago area. We don’t have big men­tal health places to go to here so the Otago Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Trust start­ing up in Alexan­dra has prob­a­bly been one of the great­est things. I have had my down patch but I am still train­ing like a bat out of hell and I hope to keep grow­ing it ev­ery year.’’

The event was in its sec­ond year and this year was had an im­proved 40 kilo­me­tre moun­tain bike course, as well as a 10km cross-coun­try run op­tion for peo­ple not into bik­ing. There would also be chil­dren’s events.

Spon­sors in­cluded Crank Cy­cles, Shi­mano, Steve Gur­ney, Camelbak, Golden Gate Lodge, Pro Med, Farm­lands, He­liv­iew flights, Hunt­ing and Fish­ing, Idour and Quest Farm.

The Alexan­dra bridge which is un­der­go­ing a $770,000 strength­en­ing project.

Photo: John Bisset.

Crank Cy­cles owner and Win­ter Quest or­gan­iser Nigel Lines, of Cromwell, with Otago Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Trust com­mu­nity co­or­di­na­tor Julie Duffy.

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