Two dedicated and enthusiastic members of the Kapunda State Emergency Services (SES), Scott Broadbent and Steve Jenner, are participating in this year’s Black Dog Ride, fundraising and raising awareness of depression along the way.
The event, which is run Australia-wide, travels through each state and in South Australia riders will ride over 3500 kilometres in seven days.
Scott and Steve have registered to take on the 560 kilometre, two-day leg of the ride.
Starting on Saturday, August 16, at Wigley Reserve, Glenelg, the ride heads to Strathalbyn, through to the Barossa, the Riverland and finishes in Kapunda, where the Kapunda Lions Club will be catering for lunch for all riders on Sunday, August 17.
The two Kapunda SES members decided to take on the Black Dog Ride to promote the aims and work of the SES in general, and as part of a membership drive, but firstly to do their part in raising awareness for depression and suicide prevention.
Scott said, “Depression is something that is close to home for me as I suffer myself, so I am looking forward to the ride, and not so much just for the ride, but to spread the word and raise the funds to support Lifeline.”
According to Lifeline, 72 per cent of its online crisis chat contacts are under the age of 25, and 57 per cent are from rural and remote locations.
“It’s incredible the number of people with mental health issues, and by taking on this ride and raising funds and awareness, as well as representing the SES, it is a very worthwhile cause,” Steve said.
Lifeline receives over one million contacts each year from help-seekers via mediums such as telephone, web and face-to-face.
Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis support line (13 11 14) offers a confidential, non-judgmental service, offered by trained telephone crisis support volunteers.
The Black Dog Ride began in 2009, and has evolved into a national movement of 1000s of Australian motorcycle riders who have raised over $1.3 million for mental health services, and foster mental health awareness around the country.
For more information or to donate, go to blackdogride.com.au and follow the links. Scott can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 0402 782 035 . For more information about joining the Kapunda SES, contact Jake Noack, 0419 867 311.