TASSIE SETS THE PACE FOR MASSIVE RIDE THIS SUNDAY
Release Date: 24 April 2012
With hundreds of motorbikes turning out for the first Black Dog Ride, National 1 Day Ride in Tasmania on Sunday, the pressure is on the other states and territories to turn out this weekend and help raise awareness about depression and suicide prevention.
Over 200 motorbikes showed up for the Tasmanian event, with 133 carrying a black dog mascot and 40 people riding pillion. The event has been hailed a big success by local and national organisers, and is a good indication that this weekend’s rides will be massive, right across the country.
“What an amazing turn-out from the folks in Tasmania. And with over 130 riders carrying the mascot we are hoping for quite a big record by the end of next Sunday,” Black Dog Ride founder Steve Andrews said today.
The National 1 Day Ride is hoping to set a world record for the most black dogs carried on motorbikes during an event.
“I’m also hoping the big turnout in Tassie will inspire everyone to get themselves to their local event this weekend, and show their support for Lifeline and for preventing suicide.”
“These are real community events with a range of activities at both the origin and destination of each ride. They have been set up by everyday people who want to make a difference and help de-stigmatise depression and suicide.
“Tasmania has certainly set the bar very high!”
For information about your local ride, go to www.blackdogride.com.au
“It’s people like Steve that quite literally change people’s lives, through their support of services like Lifeline’s 13 11 14, and a cause like preventing suicide,” Lifeline Director of Communications Chris Wagner said today.
“The incredible turn out we saw in Tasmania is proof that people right across this country are keen to do something fun that raises funds for suicide prevention and awareness of depression in this country.
“The work that Steve and his people are doing is amazing.”
For information about the Rides, call: Steve Andrews - 0408 868 500
For further information or comment from Lifeline contact: Chris Wagner- Lifeline - 0434 378 939