Black Dog Ride 2018

By Simon Coffey

<p>Greetings everyone.</p> <p>As many of you know I am fairly passionate about Mental Health.  I live with it and it is incredibly damaging.  It is silent and insidious.  It's damage is not confined to the sufferer but everyone close to them.</p> <p>It is great that Mental Health is now being talked about openly instead of whispers behind closed doors.  However it has a huge stigma attached to it.  This stigma is a silent killer.</p> <p>I am riding my motorbike to Darwin with Black Dog Ride along with hundreds of Black Dog Riders from all States (and probably in all states). The Black Dog Ride is an annual Australia-wide long distance motorbike ride aiming to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention.</p> <p>Since 2009, Black Dog Ride has raised over $2,500,000 for mental health and suicide prevention programs.</p> <p>Unfortunately it seems we will never outrun the Black Dog no matter how far we ride.  It fades into the distance, loses track but somehow always seems to catch up.  By talking openly about Mental Health, Suicide and Depression we can all help tame the Black Dog when it does catch us.</p> <p>I leave Canberra on 9th August meeting with all NSW riders in Dubbo on 10th August.  We arrive in Darwin 17th August after about 4000km.  There is a dinner with guest speaker Retired Detective Allan Sparkes CV, OAM, VA - Australia's most highly decorated Civilian. For inspiration have a look at his website</p> <p>Now the hard bit.  We are bombarded with requests for donations and this is another.  However your donation may be helping you, your family or your best friend.  You just don't know it yet.  As I said earlier Mental Health is silent.</p> <p>It would be great if you could help</p> <p>Thanks</p> <p>Simon</p>

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Anonymous 2018-09-03 20:11:04
S C 2018-08-27 14:23:24
Anonymous 2018-08-26 18:04:26
Hi Simon, So proud of you, I hope you have an awesome time. Sorry it 's not moe money. Miss seeing you
Amy Durbidge 2018-08-10 17:33:32
Great work Simon!
Glenn Everett 2018-08-10 07:20:31
Good Luck Simon, travel safe xo
Jenifer Paterson 2018-08-09 14:03:29
Stay safe
Kylie Rosin 2018-08-09 06:52:03
Well done Simon, have a great ride, very worthy cause
William Brooker 2018-07-31 10:33:18
Good on you Simon, take care.
Gay Schubert 2018-07-23 18:56:06
Go Si!! I will be with you all the way in spirit! You are an inspiration to me...seriously. Love always, Gubby xxxx
Gabrielle Coffey 2018-07-06 16:42:43
Good Luck Simon!
Matthew Patafta 2018-06-25 09:34:27
Celonia Jansen 2018-06-22 10:40:46
Enjoy the ride! You 're doing an awesome thing. Love Kay and Jeff
Kay de Ridder 2018-06-21 20:07:31
Enjoy the ride Simon. Make sure you feel the wind though your hair! Mary Mal
Mary Burton 2018-06-20 08:12:30
So proud of you and all who travel with you.
Anonymous 2018-06-15 16:49:05
Go Simon! Sadly, this is a great cause ....
John & Christine Modra 2018-06-12 15:30:06
Ride well Simon.
Barbara Grundy 2018-06-12 11:35:55
Go Simon!!!!
Paul Jackson 2018-06-10 12:12:47
Best of luck Simon. Love Helen and Kates
Helen Harkin 2018-06-09 16:29:15
Great cause to be supporting. Enjoy the ride Simon.
Justine Murphy 2018-06-09 08:17:16
Enjoy the ride Simon, all for a good cause. Well done.
Dianne Brassington 2018-06-08 17:27:33
Proud of you Dad. Love Sinead, CJ and Tiki
Sinead Coffey 2018-06-06 19:54:33
May the roads be smooth and the sunsets long. May the Roos and livestock stay on the long paddock. May the butt cheeks not tenderise and the hands stay strong. Have a good ride, Peter and Lynda
Lynda Farthing 2018-06-06 16:34:15
Deirdre Coffey 2018-06-06 14:43:40
Thank you x
Tomica Gnjec 2018-06-06 13:36:22
I m proud of you big brother. It s a cause very close to my heart too xx
Anonymous 2018-06-06 10:56:45
Stay safe on those roads! We would like you back in one piece! What an amazing contribution this is. Thankyou Simon for doing this
Laura Wilson 2018-06-06 10:33:36
Anonymous 2018-06-06 08:45:00
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