Friday, August 17th, 2012
Tomorrow morning, over 400 motorbike riders will depart from every state across Australia for the Black Dog Ride – a week-long ride to the Red Centre raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention and funds for the Black Dog Institute.

This year’s ride is bigger than ever before, with an expected 500 riders taking part in some way. A total of 220 riders are completing the week-long trip to Alice Springs, an increase of 20% over last year’s rider numbers.

The Ride has evolved from a solo motorbike ride around Australia just three years ago, to a national movement involving thousands of riders. This week the Ride achieved the milestone of raising $500,000 for mental health services over the past three years.

Steve Andrews, the ride’s founder, is ecstatic with the result.

“This money has assisted the Suicide Call Back Service (Crisis Support Services), Lamp Inc, The Black Dog Institute and Lifeline,” Steve said.

“Money raised has enabled these important organisations to continue their vital work in our communities.”

The Ride to the Red Centre has so far raised over $170,000 – a significant achievement considering last year’s Ride raised $161,665 at the Ride’s conclusion. This year’s target is $250,000.

To make a donation, head to

You can find out more information about depression, bipolar disorder and suicide prevention at

If you need urgent help or support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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The Black Dog Ride

The Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre is a week-long motorbike ride raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention.
Hollie Azzopardi
P: 02 9279 0672
M: 0417 906 096


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