Car park lined with bikes as Black Dog ride visits Port Pirie

With 52 hefty road bikes lined up in the car park next to the police station the Victorian group raising awareness for depression and suicide prevention on the Black Dog ride stopped in at Port Pirie for lunch on Tuesday. 

Travelling from Barmera that morning they were planning on meeting the Black Dog Ride groups from Western Australia, New South Wales and South Australia in Port Augusta later in the day. 

They have raised $300 000 already on their ride, breaking their record for the amount of money they raised last year. 

All of the money raised will be used to fund the online chat service for lifeline and training programs through Mental Health First AID.  

Victorian ride coordinator Ric Raftis said that the majority of people that participate in the ride have been directly or closely affected by mental health issues or suicide. 

Mr Raftis said that the ride helps people to realise that they are not alone, and by the end of the trip the group very much becomes like family. 

This is the third year that the Victorian group has been involved in the ride and have found it a worthwhile experience. 

The group was due to arrive in Alice Springs on Saturday and then split off into groups to begin their trek back home. 

Ross Tinkler is travelling with the Victorian group on the Black Dog Ride. Coming from Barmera the night before, the group stopped in for lunch at Port Pirie on their way to Port Augusta raising awareness for depression and suicide prevention.

Ross Tinkler is travelling with the Victorian group on the Black Dog Ride. Coming from Barmera the night before, the group stopped in for lunch at Port Pirie on their way to Port Augusta raising awareness for depression and suicide prevention.

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