Warwick Lions club members John Griffith, Con Lo Giudice, Kathy Francis, Halina Griffith, Jeff Ferguson and John Francis.
Warwick Lions club members John Griffith, Con Lo Giudice, Kathy Francis, Halina Griffith, Jeff Ferguson and John Francis. Deanna Millard

A message to ride

THE Black Dogs will again ride through the Rose City as they raise awareness and money of depression and suicide prevention in Australia.

As a show of support for the worthy cause the Warwick Lions Club will host a barbecue for the 80-100 Black Dog Riders.

The ride departs from all major capital cities on Saturday, August 18, arriving in Alice Springs after a week of travelling on Friday, August 24.

On August 18 from 10am-1pm the riders will be hosted by the Warwick Lions Club at Leslie Park on the Guy St side.

The public is welcome and encouraged to come along and meet the riders, check out the bikes and receive some information about depression.

In 2011, almost 300 riders raised $161,665 to assist the Black Dog Institute in implementing their Community Education Programs across Australia.

Black Dog Ride founder Steve Andrews said he hoped to raise $250,000 this year, eclipsing the effort of last year.

"My aim is to generate community awareness around depression and mental illness, and break down the negative stigma associated with depression and suicide," Mr Andrews said.

Ambassador Angry Anderson said Australia had the highest male suicide rate in the world and one in seven people will experience depression in their lifetime.

"Having dealt with depression most of my life and having made a decision years ago to be part of the solution not part of the problem as a basic philosophy to live my life by," Mr Anderson said.

"I am proud to be an ambassador of the Black Dog Ride, and for any efforts to free sufferers from the grip of depression."

For more information on the ride and its important message visit blackdogride.com.au.



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