Hundreds ride for Black Dog

Strong support for mental illness
BLACK DOG RIDERS: Colin Parish (far left) rode his Triumph Bonneville T100 on Sunday’s Black Dog Ride with grandson Carter Evans as pillion, with granddaughter and daughter respectively Bethany and Mel Evans not far behind. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

ORGANISERS were astonished at the support shown for yesterday’s Black Dog Ride, which attracted more than 200 participants.

The ride was the first of its kind held in the North East and the response to the ride which raises awareness of suicide and depression, was huge.

Some 148 riders pre-registered while organiser, Jim Redmond said there was an endless line of riders signing up on the day.

“I’m just rapt – it’s a huge response,” he said.

Money raised on the day went towards Lifeline and the organisation’s crisis support and training co-ordinator, Kym Shepherd was on hand as riders set out from Wangaratta Airport on their way to Lake Hume, to give them a brief talk about Lifeline.

“Thoughts about suicide are natural, but it’s what you do with those thoughts that matters,” Ms Shepherd said.

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