Black Dog Ride: Seymour Hosts Charity Event

MOTORCYCLISTS will gather next month in Seymour to take part in the annual Black Dog Ride, bringing people together to raise awareness about depression and suicide prevention.

The Black Dog Ride is a non-profit charity and runs a day-long event across Australia each year, attracting around 6,000 people in each state to ride for a cause and connect people with disabilities. similar stories. This year’s race will be the third since Seymour.

Coordinator Peter Comte said a big part of the journey was to break a stigma.

“When people think of bikes it’s always difficult and scary, but we want to push for that stigma to be broken,” he said.

“It’s about bringing bikes together to raise awareness of mental health issues and to promote discussion among people who struggle with these issues or know people who deal with them.”

Seymour’s journey for 2022 will take place on March 20 and will start at the Royal Hotel before heading towards Tallarook, Lancefield, through Romsey to Wallan, before rejoining the motorway and back up to Seymour.

The charity was founded by Steve Andrews in 2009 after learning of the sudden and unexpected loss of a close friend’s wife. Andrews wanted to raise awareness of depression and encourage discussion, combining the desire to help with his dream of riding around Australia to create the Black Dog Ride.

He set out from Busselton in Western Australia for the first solo Black Dog Ride around Australia, raising $34,232 in 26 days and covering over 15,000km.

“We want people to be able to share personal stories and experiences,” Comte said.

“Most of the people attending the ride have suffered from mental illness or have known someone affected, some have even lost loved ones.

“It’s important for people to connect with others and know it’s safe to talk about it.

“If people are in trouble, we want them to know they don’t have to do it alone.”

Coordinator Kylie Comte said it’s been encouraging to see the connections that have emerged from the race so far.

“We saw a lot of bonding last year, especially between veterans,” she said.

“There’s been a lot of veterans who have been doing rides together, going down the highway together to go on other charity rides, so it was really great to see that.”

The charity hopes to encourage interconnection and provide referral lines for people who may not know where to start.

“We want people to be able to have listening and understanding ears to talk about their problems and to know that there is a safe place where they can find help,” Ms Comte said.

Check-in and registration for the ride will begin at 9 a.m. on March 20. Registration for runners is $30 and $15 for a passenger. To register, visit events.humanitix.com/seymour-vic-black-dog-ride-1-dayer-2022. Registration will also be available on the day.

Other donations are always appreciated, with some local businesses already submitting donations.

For more information on Black Dog Ride, visit www.blackdogride.org.au.

Anyone in need of assistance can call Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

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