Black Dog motorcycle ride on again at Kangaroo Island

KI RIDE: More than 60 riders and pillions saddled up for the 2018 Kangaroo Island Black Dog Ride. Photo: Colin Groves
KI RIDE: More than 60 riders and pillions saddled up for the 2018 Kangaroo Island Black Dog Ride. Photo: Colin Groves

More than 7000 motorcycle enthusiasts from across Australia will hit the highways of the nation on Sunday, March 17 for Black Dog Ride’s annual iconic suicide prevention ride, the Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer.

Tragically, eight Australians take their lives every single day, which is one life lost to depression every three hours.

An estimated 180 Australians attempt to take their lives every day. Black Dog Ride believes that fostering awareness of depression in communities is the best catalyst for preventing the tragedy of suicide.

Black Dog Ride’s 1 Dayer 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.

The Kangaroo Island 1 Dayer on Sunday, March 17 will see more than 50 motorcycle riders meet in Kingscote for breakfast before departing en masse to Rocky River for lunch then to Parndana for the finale, riding in solidarity with those who are shadowed by the black dog of depression.

Adorned on all the motorbikes will be Black Dog Ride’s Mascot Winston, a soft toy dog. Winston is named after Sir Winston Churchill, who famously diarised about his battles with the black dog of depression.

Black Dog Ride’s Kangaroo Island coordinator Steve Dixon, like all of Black Dog Ride’s volunteer teams around the nation, has been touched by depression and suicide.

Steve said the suicide prevention project would kickstart conversations around a tough topic and provides hope to communities, encouraging Australians living with depression to seek assistance.

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 at www.blackdogride.com.au

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