Esperance riders to support suicide prevention cause

Esperance community members are being urged to take part in the Black Dog Ride on Sunday, March 17.

The annual suicide prevention ride aims to increase awareness of depression and help prevent the tragedy of suicide.

Anyone with a car or motorcycle in Esperance is invited to meet at James Street, across from the Whale Tail, for registration at 10:00am for a 10:30am start. 

Riders will travel from Esperance to Munglinup and expect to reach the Munglinup Roadhouse at 11:30am. 

At Munglinup there will be a sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation, with proceeds going to the Black Dog Ride.

Local ride organiser Paul 'Slim' McKenzie said the riders were taking the cause of awareness out to farming communities. 

"Hopefully we’ll see the locals turn up to support us and see the message that ‘it’s okay not to be okay’," he said.

"Everyone can have a chat and a talk, that's what it’s all about."

Mr McKenzie said he hoped drivers and riders from Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun would also come and support the event. 

Registration will be available on the day at James Street and Black Dog Ride merchandise will be on sale in Munglinup. 

For more information on the Black Dog Ride click here

The Esperance ride is sponsored by the Munglinup Roadhouse, South Coast Food Services, Ryan’s Meats, Tip Top Bakeries and South Coast Food Services.

If you or someone you know needs urgent support please contact the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467, the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.