Riders involved in the motorcycle charity event Ride4Life will tour across Victoria’s dairy regions for one week, raising awareness of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide.
This year’s ride, which starts in Shepparton on Sunday, is named ‘The Extra Dollop Tour’ and is in support of Victoria’s struggling dairy farmers and families.
‘‘The very least we can do is visit these areas and let them know we care,’’ Ride4Life committee member Rick Oates said.
‘‘No, we can’t fix the problems in the dairy industry, but just letting someone know that you know about the tough times they are facing and you care about them and their families can be the difference in someone’s day.
‘‘Our main focus is to raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide prevention.
‘‘It is at times when people are under pressure that they are more vulnerable to the black cloud of depression.’’
Ride4Life riders will be creating conversation in communities about the stigma around mental health issues as some members of the motorcycling community have battled with mental illness themselves and so this cause is close to their hearts.
The ride starts in Maude St, Shepparton, on Sunday and riders will travel through the mountains to Bairnsdale then to Sorrento, where riders will cross on the ferry to Queenscliff and onto Warrnambool.
From Warrnambool, they head to Cohuna.
The ride concludes in Mildura on Saturday, November 17.
For more information or to make a donation, visit www.ride4life.org.au