Last year on March 19, 83 motorcycle riders set off from the old Police Station in Kingscote Terrace, taking part in the Kangaroo Island Black Dog 1 Dayer (The Islander, April 13 2017).
The aim of the ride was to raise awareness of depression and suicide among men of all ages.
Riders paid a fee of $30 per head to participate in the 240 kilometre trek.
The riders left from Kingscote and rode to Rustic Blue Art Gallery and Cafe on the South Coast Road for morning tea and then rode onto Rocky River National Park.
The Lions Club of the Western Districts put on lunch and the riders were presented with a donation from the club.
From there, the ride continued on to Stokes Bay and then to Parndana Community Hall for the end-of-the-day awards and sponsor thanks.
2018 will be the sixth year the ride has taken place on Kangaroo Island.
The first year saw 48 riders take part, and 2017 saw an increase to 83.
It is hoped that this year’s ride, to be held on Sunday March 18, will prove to be even more successful.
The very first Black Dog Ride was undertaken by a solo rider, Steve Andrews in 2009, who rode 14,500 kilometres around Australia to raise awareness of depression.
From this humble beginning, the ride has grown to become a nationwide charity involving thousands of Australians, fostering mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
Rules of the ride allow for funds raised to be given to a chosen local organisation, so as to ensure money raised goes back into the local community.
A cheque for $741.50, raised by last year’s ride, was recently presented by Ken Wright, coordinator of the Black Dog Ride, to Paul Jordan, committee member of the Kingscote Men’s Shed.
The Men’s Shed is for men of all ages and gives support with information on men’s health, mental health as well as mateship and a sense of belonging.
For more information on the Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer 2018, visit the website at: blackdogride.com.au.
- For Beyond Blue visit: beyondblue.org.au and for Lifeline, visit: lifeline.org.au.