Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Steve Andrews, founder of Black Dog Ride Australia has just taken home the 2012 Suicide Prevention Australia Life Award in the Healthy Communities category. Suicide Prevention Australia is the national peak body for the suicide prevention sector and promotes collaboration, coordination and partnerships for this cause.

This award recognises Steve’s dedication to Black Dog Ride in raising awareness for depression and suicide prevention.

“I’m very honoured to receive this award. The Suicide Prevention Australia mission is to make suicide prevention everybody’s business, which is exactly what we aim to achieve with Black Dog Ride.” Said Steve.

The 2012 Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre was its best year yet, with over 500 riders and raising $260,000 for the Black Dog Institute. The funds raised go to helping the Institute expand their vitally important Community Education and Engagement Programs.

In its inaugural year the National 1 Day Ride attracted nearly 2,000 riders and raised funds for Lifeline to assist them in providing their crisis support services.

“Raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention is paramount to saving more lives around Australia. I’m so proud to be a part of this.” Said Steve.

Steve was also awarded a Pride of Australia Medal (WA) earlier this year and is a finalist for the National People’s Choice Medal.

“It’s fantastic to see that our hard work at the Black Dog Ride is making a significant contribution to awareness and suicide prevention.”

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