Riders revved to fight black dog

LEATHER jackets were the attire of choice at Sidney Myer Place when the Black Dog Riders took over the square yesterday.

The group met with bike fans and interested passers-by on the second day of its five-day road trip to Alice Springs, raising awareness and funds for mental health and depression. 

They were joined by seven Tasmanian riders and will meet others in Port Augusta before travelling to the Northern Territory.

Victorian organiser Ric Raftis said the $1450 raised at a fundraiser and auction at the Bendigo Bowls Club on Saturday night was “remarkable”.

He said everything had gone to plan so far, despite the weather.

First-time Black Dog Ride participant Archie H said he had struggled with depression.

“We are riding for a good cause,” he said. 

“A lot of us on the ride have had depression. It’s important to talk about it, to let it out.”

Archie said everyone he had met had supported the ride.

“Everyone seems to know what it’s about and is willing to give. 

“Hopefully we can raise a significant amount of money to put to research.”

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