Black Dog Ride - Raising Awereness of Depression and Suicide Prevention

By Sergio Porfirio

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:

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.


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Fabulous cause.
Anonymous 2018-09-09 10:35:37
In memory of Greg
Cathryn McKenzie 2018-09-09 09:09:58
This 50 was given to me, Jeff Wiltshire by a lovely lady having coffee at the Winton pie shop on our ride home from Darwin. She wanted to remain anonymous. Im not sure her story but quite often when someone shows interest in this great cause there is a story. Thankyou to her.
Jeff Wiltshire 2018-09-08 08:33:27
Keep up the good work everyone. Aunty Coral Peter Hohnburg
Aunty Coral & Berger 2018-08-29 20:59:16
Congratulations Sergio, this is what the riders have collected along the way from NSW, to Darwin from the public in cash donations. Thanks to Macquarie Bank for this donor matching program. A big shout out to the Paraway Motel in Katherine for their hospitality and their donation, you are amazing Bron Xx. Also a big shout out to the Camooweal Road house in Camooweal Qld for your donation Xx. Lastly, thank you to all of the riders that had the conversation along the way to thousands of people about mental health in particular depression and suicide prevention you guys and girls are true heroes. Well done everyone Xx.
Anonymous 2018-08-20 11:04:52
Fantastic job. Keep up the good work and Ride safe, from Billie Telford And the Family from the Leichhardt Hotel in Cloncurry.
Patonga PTY LTD, Telford Family Trust 2018-08-14 22:02:24
Nice work Serge...
Liselle Porfirio 2018-08-10 22:21:58
Go Sergio ... best of luck
Diane Symonds 2018-08-09 14:57:32
Thanks Sergio
Harvey Light 2018-08-09 09:49:55
Great work. My donation is for friends and family lost but never forgotten.
Jason Kennedy 2018-08-08 21:53:26
Good on you. Give Sergio a hug along the way for me.
Guy Gross 2018-08-08 19:05:10
Everyone should jump onto donating to your team with Macquarie matching these donations. 100 return. Guaranteed. WLC
Wendy Lloyd Curley 2018-07-21 08:52:19
April O'Neil 2018-07-15 20:01:41
Nice work Sergio!
James T 2018-07-06 08:58:13
Paul Newcomb 2018-07-03 09:13:56
This issue affects many families so your efforts are so worthwhile .....go Sergio!
Elizabeth Yaffe 2018-06-30 10:44:23
Go me... !!
Sergio Porfirio 2018-06-30 09:11:57
I 'd give you double to get on the back of my bike hehehe. Love your work Serge Xx.
Ki Clinic 2018-06-29 17:56:54
Best of luck
Kevin Alves 2018-06-29 13:25:39
Thanks for supporting this cause Sergio.
Gail Sadler 2018-06-28 21:46:31
Hope you hit your 10K target!
Lee Scott 2018-06-28 15:23:52
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