Dubbo Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer aims to spark tough conversation

Riding to raise issues: NSW Dubbo Black Dog Ride cordiantor Wayne Amor. Photo: Jennifer Hoar
Riding to raise issues: NSW Dubbo Black Dog Ride cordiantor Wayne Amor. Photo: Jennifer Hoar

The mission of bringing awareness to depression and suicide prevention remains the same for the hundreds of riders expected to take part in this year's Black Dog Ride’s Dubbo 1 Dayer event.

To be held on Sunday, March 17, the national event is organised to unite people together under one banner with one voice on one single day to amplify a national message of depression awareness and suicide prevention.

Black Dog Ride’s Dubbo 1 Dayer will see over 200 motorcycle riders assemble at the Macquarie Inn before heading out to Mungery for an afternoon that is sure to entertain.

This is the sixth year that the Black Dog Ride’s Dubbo coordinator Wayne Amor, has been involved with the campaign.

One of the most important goals for Mr Amor was kick-starting tough conversations, providing hope and encouraging people to seek assistance, rather than just a raising funds.

"I think what we're doing is more important which is getting the information to the community, rather than putting a dollar figure on it," he said.

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One in five Australians experience a mental health condition each year and three million Australians are living with depression or anxiety, according to the Black Dog Ride.

Tragically, 180 Australians attempt to suicide each day and eight take their lives each day, which is nearly 3000 lives lost to suicide every year. 

Talking about mental health was a two way street and something we all should do, Mr Amor said.

"Somebody will always listen," he said.

"Even if that person is someone (random) sitting next to you on the bus…. or your brother, or beyondblue or Lifeline."

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Last year approximately 240 riders from central west, NSW took part in the Dubbo 1 Dayer, which is an average figure for the local event, Mr Amor said.

This year's Dubbo ride will include a hearty country barbecue lunch, a match between Mungery and Tomingley Cricket teams, live music, working dog events and farm machinery expos.

Mr Amor understands the 2019 ride has a few changes to previous year's events, and organisers can only see if it is a success or not and if changes need to be made for 2020.

He said he was "amazed" at how things have changed since first taking part in 2014.

Registrations recently opened and Mr Amor said the last time he checked there was over 20 people who had registered, but he wasn't concerned about the figure, knowing that more riders will sign up.

Motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to join the ride to show their support for this national suicide prevention initiative.

Registrations and donations can be made by visiting Black Dog Ride’s website www.blackdogride.com.au