Those of you who have known me for a while have come to expect, from time to time, I have taken on some sort of ridiculous physical challenge to raise funds for a good cause. And you may also know that last year I ruptured a disc in my back which makes such feats (at least for now) a non start. So no motorcycle ride, long distance trek/run/hike or canoe for me. But this is a worthy cause with serious repercussions for those that suffer from depression and so I ask that you still donate. I am blessed in that I have never suffered from the "black dog" but I have lost friends of the family to it and have had very close friends that have wrestled with the beast.
I asked a friend who suffered from depression what it was like and in ignorance asked why on earth would suicide ever seem like an option. As a non-sufferer I could never contemplate such a thing. He patiently explained that when you go to sleep feeling that gnawing emptiness in your soul and wake up with that same excruciating pain for days, weeks, and months on end... you begin to believe that your only escape is death. That its the only way to silence the unrelenting noise inside your head. The only way to make it all stop and get sweet restful peace. I have never forgotten that conversation. Thankfully that friend is still here today because he got the help he needed... but many dads, brothers, mums and sisters are not. You can learn more about the ride here: https://www.blackdogride.com.au/
So please... DIG DEEP and remember your donations will be matched by Macquarie Foundation making every tax deductible dollar you donate TWICE as powerful in the fight against depression and suicide. And next year I will have a crack at some ridiculous physical feat - as long as all the parts of my body are in working order.