HILLS motorcycle enthusiasts recently bound together for a depression and suicide awareness ride.
More than 100 bikes turned out for the third annual Avon Valley Black Dog Ride beginning at the Kalamunda Agricultural Hall and winding through Mundaring, York, and Northam before ending at the Chidlow Tavern.
Ride coordinator Gayle Nelson said she was pleased to see the Avon Valley ride grow since its inception in 2020.
“Every year we get a few more riders, it is good that the ride is becoming well-known in the community,” she said.
Ms Nelson and her partner Wesley Sutton along with many other hills residents were travelling to Baldivis and Busselton for the Black Dog Ride but the pair decided they wanted to revive the ride in the hills after it lost traction several years ago.
“There wasn’t anything that represented the Midwest [in the Black Dog Ride] but there was a lot of interest from people in the community when we said we wanted to start it up again, after it fell by the wayside years ago,” she said.
“We have lost a family member to suicide, it was something close to our hearts and it seemed like the perfect thing for us to resurrect.
“We thought, let’s spread the word further and do it in the region where there isn’t a ride.”
The Avon Valley Black Dog Ride raised more than $7000 which will fund depression and suicide prevention programs.
If you need help visit www.blackdoginstitute.org.au or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.