Southern Telegraph - - News - Ai­den Boy­ham

The Bal­divis 1 Dayer Black Dog Ride is ready to roll through the re­gion this month, with rid­ers com­ing from far and wide to help raise aware­ness and funds for de­pres­sion and sui­cide pre­ven­tion.

The bike ride, set to start at the new Bun­nings in Bal­divis on March 18, will be the third time rid­ers have hit the road to bat­tle the “black dog”.

Ride co-or­di­na­tor Chris Glover said it was vi­tal the com­mu­nity started con­ver­sa­tions about de­pres­sion and sui­cide.

“It’s very im­por­tant that we get the word out there — this is rais­ing aware­ness as well as funds for com­mit­tees and ser­vices like Life­line that we sup­port,” Mr Glover said.

“Quite of­ten, it can be just as sim­ple as say­ing ‘what’s up mate?’ or ‘how are you go­ing?’ That can be enough to change some­body’s life — just know­ing that some­body cares.”

The Bal­divis leg forms part of a wider ef­fort across WA, with 1 Dayer rides in the Avon Val­ley and Bun­bury-Bridgetown.

“We’ve had a lot of feed­back from peo­ple who do suf­fer from de­pres­sion and they’ve said that it’s nice just to know that there are that many peo­ple out there who do care,” Mr Glover said.

There will be a talk about sui­cide pre­ven­tion be­fore the race, with the ride set to de­part at 10am.

For more information or to reg­is­ter for the event, visit black do­gride.com.au.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

The Bal­divis 1 Dayer Black Dog Ride will cruise through Pin­jarra, Coolup and Wa­roona be­fore fin­ish­ing up in Dwellingup on March 18.

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