Black Dog ride an uplifting experience

DECKED out in their leathers and fuelled up on coffee, about 200 riders departed Mildura wharf in convoy yesterday in the name of raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention.

Organiser of the inaugural Mildura Black Dog Ride one-dayer Ray Pratt said the event had exceeded all expectations.

“I can’t believe it for our first ride,” he said.

“There was a stage there where we thought that if we got 40 we’d be happy.”

Mr Pratt, after seeing the amount of people coming forward in support of the ride, said he was confident the event would become an annual affair.

“If we can get 200 riders on our first ride, then I think it’ll be onwards and upwards from here on in,” he said.

Mildura Mayor Glenn Milne, who officially launched the ride, said the number of people registered to ride proved two things in particular about the Mildura community.

“It shows Mildura people get behind good causes … and we also get behind anything with an engine in it,” he said.

“If it was pushbikes there wouldn’t be so many here, but put an engine in it and they turn up in droves.” Mr Pratt said it was unclear how much money had been raised for Lifeline because funds were still being donated early yesterday morning.

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