Black Dog Ride in the Barossa

Merv Storton is jumping back on a bike to help raise awareness of depression and suicide.
Merv Storton is jumping back on a bike to help raise awareness of depression and suicide.

It has been 30 years since Merv Storton has ridden a motorbike but this year he will be jumping back on a bike and travelling from Glenelg to Alice Springs to raise money for Black Dog Ride as part of Team Barossa. 

Beginning in 2009 Black Dog Ride is about raising awareness of depression and suicide, which is becoming an issue in  Australia, increasingly in rural communities.

Merv and Julie Storton have been participating in the Black Dog Ride     for a few years in a support vehicle capicity, but with Merv now deciding to ride, Naomi, their daughter, has decided to join Julie in the support vehicle.

“Merv is getting back on the bike after 30 years with the help of Yamaha Australia,” Julie said.

“We would like to thank Yamaha, Fineline Printing & Graphics Tanunda for the support vehicle signs and  local wineries Spinifex, Kalleske, Whistler, Tim Smith and Linkes for their wine donations.”

Team Barossa will be riding through Angaston on Saturday, August 17, at about 12.30pm at the Angaston Uniting Church and through Kapunda on Sunday, August 18 at 12.30pm at the Kapunda Uniting Church for lunch and the team looks forward to seeing everyone there. 

The Kapunda Lions Club will be providing the lunch at Kapunda and the club said they see this “as an opportunity to promote the raising of awareness of depression within our community.” 

Team Barossa’s mascot dog, Winston, will be available for purchase at both locations. 

Black Dog SA and Team Barossa would like to thank one of our major sponsors The Lions Club  for  providing breakfast/lunch/dinner  for all riders and support crew throughout the ride.

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