Sandra Moran set off to ride around Australia in 2015 to raise awareness for depression after her son, Jaie, took his life in 2014.
An accident in Western Australia halted her ride, called Jaie’s Journey, but Sandra continues to raise funds and awareness for depression and mental health.
Her latest plan is for a Show ’n’ Shine at the popular Pitstop Cafe on Mt Mee near Brisbane on April 1, 2017, the third anniversary of Jaie’s suicide.
The show will run all day from 7:30am to 4pm at the cafe at 2070 Mount Mee Road.
It’s free for spectators, but entrants will pay a fee. Full details have not yet been confirmed.
If you are interested in entering your bike or wish to provide other support on the day, please contact the organisers via email or see Michelle at the cafe.
All funds raised will go towards the not-for-profit organisation, Jaie’s Journey Inc.
Jaies Journey was created to help remove the stigma and mystery surrounding mental health illnesses and also the taboo subject of suicide.
“We are here also to provide support, whenever possible, for those bereaved by suicide of a loved one,” their official website says.
In 2015, there were 3027 suicides or 8.3 deaths per day. It’s more than the combined total of road toll and deaths from skin cancer.
Three out of every four suicides is by a male and Aboriginal and Torres Strait slanders are twice as likely to commit suicide.
The Royal Flying Doctors Service figures show males in remote areas have a 1.8% higher risk of suicide and in very remote areas it rises to 2.9%.
- If you, a friend or family member is struggling with depression or mental illness, please contact Lifeline counselling on 13 11 14.