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April 2013 Club News

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Black Dog Ride

You may or may not have heard of the Black Dog Ride. On August 17-23, 2013, riders from all around Australia are heading to the Red Centre to raise community awareness of depression and suicide prevention.

Harley Trent and other members are thinking of going on the ride - ring Harley on 9851 2093 for more information. View the ride information and FAQ's.

Black Dog and
          Steve Andrews.This is an introduction to the organisation from the founder Steve Andrews:

“It all began 5 years ago following the shock death by suicide of my best mate’s wife. Some years earlier I had found my Mum dead, she had also taken her own life. What causes someone to end their life so abruptly, leaving loved ones and friends devastated, confused, hurt and often carrying guilt? Depression!

It’s an illness reaching almost epidemic levels in our community and the leading cause of suicide. I had to do something to get people talking about the hidden suffering, to encourage them to seek help, to stop the tragic loss of life. So in 2009, I set out on a solo ride around Australia to raise awareness of depression. I took with me a black dog, Winston, symbolic of the 'black dog of depression' that effects 1 in 7 Australians.

Since then, Black Dog Ride has brought together thousands of riders and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for depression awareness and suicide prevention charities.

Donations are tax deductible and go directly to the Black Dog Institute to allow the Institute to raise awareness and education of mood disorders as well as carry out more research into effective diagnosis, treatment and early intervention of mood disorders. It makes a real difference in the lives of those living with depression - and the lives of their families and friends.”

Read Steve’s story in full and for more information go to

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