Dubbo start for riders

The Black Dog Ride, which raises awareness for suicide prevention, will depart from 31 different locations across Australia, including towns such as Bathurst and Condobolin.

For the first time since the Black Dog Ride began in 2009  it will make its departure from Dubbo on March 23 where local riders will cover a distance of 220 kilometres.

Dubbo Black Dog Ride co-ordinator Steven Gower believes registrations will be in excess of 50, a number he is very proud of, especially since all proceeds for the 2014 1-Dayer will go to helping the tireless work of Lifeline, in its goal of raising awareness for depression and suicide prevention.

“It is going to be a great day out,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what type of motor bike rider you are, if you’re a learner, or a seasoned rider who rides all year round, everyone is welcome.”

According to Lifeline statistics, 30 people attempt suicide every day with Australian men four times more likely to take their own life than women. 

“There is a suicide attempt every 10 minutes in Australia  which is quite alarming, the age group being over 40, and a majority of those live in a rural area,” Mr Gower said.

Mr Gower understands depression can be a taboo subject for some but is hoping with the Black Dog Ride that more people can speak up.

“People need to pick up the phone, ring Lifeline, and talk to someone,” he said.

Lifeline statistics state that men in regional areas experience higher rates of suicide than the national average, and with local farmers and businesses doing it tough as a result of the drought and recent hardship Mr Gower knows that this will be a great event for locals within the community to come together and support the Black Dog Ride.

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