Revved up for cause

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Pierra Wil­lix

More than 150 rid­ers from across Perth will hit the high­ways this week­end to mark the fourth lo­cal Black Dog Ride.

The Bal­divis 1 Dayer is a part of the na­tion­wide Black Dog Ride, which aims to fos­ter aware­ness of de­pres­sion and get peo­ple talk­ing about men­tal health.

Ev­ery day, eight Aus­tralians take their life, which is one life lost to de­pres­sion ev­ery three hours.

Co- or­di­na­tor Chris Glover said that in the past three years of the lo­cal event more than $ 20,000 has been raised and, on av­er­age, each event had around 230 rid­ers each year.

The ride will rev up in Bal­divis on Sun­day, where rid­ers will as­sem­ble for break­fast be­fore de­part­ing en masse to Dwellingup, rid­ing in sol­i­dar­ity with those who are shad­owed by the black dog of de­pres­sion.

Those in­ter­ested in rid­ing who have not yet reg­is­tered can do so on the day, with Bun­nings Bal­divis also of­fer­ing a free sausage siz­zle to rid­ers be­fore they leave.

Adorned on all the mo­tor­bikes, and also avail­able for sale, will be Black Dog Ride’s Mas­cot Win­ston, a soft toy dog named af­ter Sir Win­ston Churchill, who fa­mously di­arised about his bat­tles with the “black dog” of de­pres­sion. Rid­ers will as­sem­ble at Bun­nings Bal­divis on Safety Bay Road from 8.30am and de­part at 10am. Reg­is­tra­tion for rid­ers is $ 30.

Regis­tra­tions and do­na­tions can be made by vis­it­ing black­do­gride. com. au. For more in­for­ma­tion about Bal­divis 1 Dayer, con­tact Chris Glover at­bal­[email protected] black do­gride. com. au or on 0419 919 275.

Mem­bers of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee Keith Well­fare, Chris Glover and Dianna Glover.

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