Riders tackling the Black Dog on Sunday
THIS weekend Brett and Michelle Lewis will join thousands of motorcycle riders in a national campaign to raise awareness of depression.
The Black Dog Ride is the first on the Fraser Coast, according to ride co-ordinators Mr and Mrs Lewis.
Mr Lewis said depression was an illness, not a weakness, and spoke from personal experience.
"We have to get rid of this stigma - you don't have to feel embarrassed or ashamed to seek help," he said.
"If left untreated it has the possibility of ending in suicide and that's a fact.
"Everyone has a story and everyone knows someone who has been affected by the darkness of depression. It's something that has no limits and will affect everyone at one time or another."
Mr Lewis said Lifeline was the main beneficiary from the rides.
"With the funds they are able to continue their crisis support programs and online services," he said.
"The event raises awareness for depression and suicide prevention and gives vital information for anyone suffering from these issues."
- The Fraser Coast leg of the Black Dog Ride will be held this Sunday, March 23
- There will be a check-in and breakfast from 7am at Bob's Bridgestone Tyre Centre, Rocky St, Maryborough
- Departure is 8.30am, stopping at Ban Ban Springs at 10.30am and finishing at 1pm for a Lions lunch at the Royal Hotel, Mayne St, Tiaro
- For more information phone 0447286586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org