Bookings for the annual Black Dog Ride that this year heads to Tassie instead of the Red Centre have been extended.
Organisers have secured an extension for the Spirit of Tasmania ferry crossings, which means registrations for full rides to Hobart are now open until September 15.
If you can’t join the full ride, you can register for one to three nights as a Night Rider with registration open right up to October 15.
The annual BDR is this year being held in late spring rather than the usual winter timing to avoid dangerous snow and ice conditions.
Riders will head to Tassie from various states on October 28, meeting in Hobart on November 5.
Black Dog Ride founder Steve Andrews rode to the centre of Australia in 2009 to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention and mental health.
The following year he started the annual ride to the centre of Australia, then one-day rides, a lap of Australia, a trip across America and has raised more than $2.2m for mental health charities across the nation.
Just last year more than $360,000 was distributed to 30 mental health organisations.
Steve is no longer with BDR, stepping down for personal reasons, but last year he told us that he regretted Tasmania not being included. So he organised this special ride to Tassie.
New boss David Peach says he wants to “consolidate and rebuild” the Australian operation as well as extend overseas ambitions, build on the success of the US ride in 2015.
You can find more information about the Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017, including bookings, on the Black Dog Ride website.
This year, the BDR will focus on raising awareness of mental illness and suicide among ex-service, veterans and emergency workers.
“We aim to break down barriers to conversations around mental health amongst the very people who are helping us in our times of need but whose own mental wellbeing is often overlooked,” the website says.
- Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australians under the age of 45;
- Eight Australians take their lives every single day, that’s one life lost every 3 hours;
- It is estimated that there is a suicide attempt every ten minutes in Australia;
- Men in regional locations experience higher rates of suicide than the national average;
- One in five Australians will experience mental illness every year;
- Mental illness is the leading cause of disability in Australia; and
- Depressive disorders are the most common identifiable risk factor for suicide.