During the national ‘One Day Black Dog Ride’ on Kangaroo Island, a young Parndana student, Emily Penhall, so touched the heart of ride organiser, Graeme Noad that he offered her a special gift.
KI mental health nurse Philippa Kneebone, who helped organise the exchange between Mr Noad and Emily Penhall said Mr Noad met Emily during the riders’ visit to Parndana campus, “where the kids were swarming like ants all over the bikes”.
“He observed Emily gently stroking Winston, and decided then he’d like to give her the fluffy toy which had been his pillion passenger during the KI ride.
“Next day we had the chance to do this because Emily and her family live in one of the ranger’s houses at Flinders Chase where the riders were scheduled to visit.”
Emily’s father, Mike Penhall said “she loves the dog and it has been her sleeping companion ever since”.
Emily’s vision is affected by an impairment of her optic nerve, so she is deemed to be legally blind.
The Black Dog National 1-Day Ride has raised more than $190,000 for Lifeline. These funds will be used for suicide prevention programs around the nation.