Black day for island

More than 70 people registered for the National One Day Black Dog Ride on Sunday, braving showery weather at Kingscote to set off around the island.

The weather fined up as the 53 motorcycles rode to Flinders Chase for lunch provided by the Western Ki Lions and then afternoon tea at the Parndana Hotel.

A series of events over three days were used to promote a message about mental health and suicide, with talks presented at the Parndana campus on Thursday, to about 50 people at Kingscote Football Club on Friday night and about 90 at Rustic Blue on Saturday. Chris Rule of the Black Dog Institute was on hand with local mental health nurse Philippa Kneebone and social work student on placement Brooke Harley.

The project was co-ordinated by the Black Dog Ride, which brought 14 riders to the island from NSW, who joined up with the locals for the events.

Ms Harley said the ride had been a huge success and had heightened her passion for her study.

“It was great to see different parts of the community come together. It’s the biggest event I’ve been involved in,” Ms Harley said.

Ms Kneebone said the events had forged important links for Kangaroo Island with the Black Dog Institute for the future.

“It brought a lot of local riders out of the woodwork and there is talk of forming a motorcycle group to have regular rides. It was a non-confronting way to spread the message about depression and mental health to a wider group,” Ms Kneebone said.

The riders could purchase a $25 “Winston” black dog for their bikes as a fundraiser for Lifeline and the last one was auctioned for $100 to Clive Hemmings, of Kingscote.

Sandy Holmes flashes the “black dog” sign at Parndana Hotel on Sunday as part of the National One-Day Black Dog Ride, spreading the  message about mental health and depression. More than 70 people took part, riding motrocycles around the island.

Sandy Holmes flashes the “black dog” sign at Parndana Hotel on Sunday as part of the National One-Day Black Dog Ride, spreading the message about mental health and depression. More than 70 people took part, riding motrocycles around the island.

Bikes arrive at Rustic Blue. Picture: Coralie L Riedel Photography

Bikes arrive at Rustic Blue. Picture: Coralie L Riedel Photography

Winston the “black Dog”.

Winston the “black Dog”.

Riding through Flinders Chase. Picture: Coralie L Riedel Photography.

Riding through Flinders Chase. Picture: Coralie L Riedel Photography.

Don Dixon and Neill Bell at the Parndana Hotel. Pictures: Sean McGowan

Don Dixon and Neill Bell at the Parndana Hotel. Pictures: Sean McGowan

Russell Chapman and Bec Davis. BELOW: Riders outside the Parndana Hotel. Pictures: Sean McGowan.

Russell Chapman and Bec Davis. BELOW: Riders outside the Parndana Hotel. Pictures: Sean McGowan.

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

Black Dog Ride. Photography by Sean McGowan, Phillipa Kneebone, and Coralie L Riedel Photography

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