Black Dog Ride, Bathurst a great success

DRESSED in leather and travelling the back roads of Bathurst, these motorcyclists had just one ambition.

On Sunday, riders on 105 motorcycles took part in the annual Black Dog charity ride out of Bathurst to help raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention.

Riders left Mount Panorama Pit Complex for the one-day trip to Orange, via Cowra and Canowindra.

Motorcycle group the Bad Hobos was behind the Bathurst ride and president Rose Hancock said there was a new addition this year.

“We’re doing things a little differently this year by holding a Motorcycle Show Shine and Charity Auction on Saturday before the ride at The Panorama Hotel,” she said.

Ms Hancock said she was happy with the first-time event’s success and estimates more than $1400 was raised in the auction alone.

The final tally for funds raised for Sunday’s Black Dog Ride is still being collated.

The Bathurst ride was in support of Lifeline Central West.

Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australians under 45, with men in regional areas having a higher rate than the national average.

Mental illness is also the leading cause of disability, with one in five Australians experiencing mental illness every year.

  • In a crisis call Lifeline on 13 11 14.