Black Dog Ride lures Esperance motorcyclists for engine-revving fun

ESPERANCE locals are invited to partake in a motorcycle ride this weekend to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention. 

The Black Dog Ride involves motorcyclists from all over Australia, with varying destination points for each region.

The one-dayer event will see participants depart Kalgoorlie at 8am tomorrow and arrive in Esperance the same day.

Slim McKenzie is organising interested Esperance riders to depart from his home tomorrow, to meet the riders at Grass Patch and then commute to town. 

Motorists will eat dinner at the Pier Hotel, where fundraising events and raffles will also take place. 

On Sunday after breakfast hosted by the Lions Club, the group will ride the tourist loop followed by Dempster Street and out to Grass Patch.

Esperance riders will then farewell their fellow motorcyclists and make the return trip back to town.

Busselton local Steve Andrews founded the Black Dog ride in 2009, following the suicide of his best friend's wife.

Mr Andrews completed a solo ride around Australia in 2009 and raised $34,000 for the Suicide Call Back Service.

Black Dog Ride has involved thousands of Australians and raised over one million dollars for mental health services.

All funds made from the Black Dog Ride go to Lifeline Australia. 

To register for the ride or to make a donation visit www.blackdogride.com.au

Participants can also register at Esperance Glass Service.

For more information about the ride contact Slim McKenzie on 0419 913 507.

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