Bikers aim to beat the black dog
CLARENCE Valley motorcycle riders are revving up for a ride on Sunday to raise vital funds for Lifeline and raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention.
The Black Dog Ride One-Dayer is a nationwide event and last year saw nearly 5000 riders participate, raising more than $200,000 for Lifeline.
On Sunday motorcycle enthusiasts will depart from 30 locations across Australia.
The Grafton leg will leave from the South Grafton bus interchange at 8.30am to join the Coffs Harbour leg.
Check-in for all riders will be 10am at the South Coffs BP Service Centre.
The Coffs Harbour leg will start at 11am and be led by well-known motorcyclist John Shearer (Johnny Longshot).
It will finish with a Lions-catered lunch at the V-Wall at Nambucca Heads at 12.30pm.
"Suicide is our country's leading cause of death for people aged between 15 and 44," Lifeline North Coast general manager Allister Donald said.
"While the majority of Lifeline help seekers are women, 80% of all suicides in Australia are by men.
"The Black Dog Ride One-Dayer event has an important role in building awareness of this issue and encouraging Australians, particularly men, to seek help early."
To join the ride from Coffs Harbour on Sunday, you can register at http://www.blackdogride.com.au/view/2014-1dayer.