Sebbies Black Dog Ride 2017

By Sebastiaan De Jonge

<p>In 2004 my eldest son, Michael Valentine De Jonge killed himself. The effect of his suicide on me, my wife, my son's mother and our children has been profound.  Since then I have known of others who have taken the same choice as my son and each time the same pain and sense of helplessness in the face of what is in Australia a national tragedy.</p> <p>The resources for those with mental health issues are improving but the numbers continue to rise so there needs to be grass roots awareness and training because this is where the tragedies happen. Bikers as much as any community know the suffering of depression and other mental illnesses amongst their community.</p> <p>The 2017 Black Dog Ride to Tasmania is raising funds to bring awareness and support to those who suffer as a result of their service to our community. Specifically Defense and Emergency workers. By training them to spot and intervene where appropriate we can reduce the burden.</p> <p>This is my first longer Black Dog Ride and Im looking forward to the adventure and cameraderie. Im looking forward to being able to contribute to local communities and take action so that no other fathers have to face what I faced.</p>

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Mate. A great cause!
Zeno IT Pty Ltd 2017-11-10 18:21:12
Hi my man Seb. Sharing the love with you, Peachy, and Zoom Zoom Eden. So proud of the awareness you all are creating. WLC.
Wendy Lloyd Curley 2017-11-05 12:51:28
a little more support for you Seb. safe riding to you and your buddies.
General Building Services Pty Ltd 2017-10-27 16:16:19
Thank you for raising awareness for such an important cause Seb. The love of a father or any parent for that matter knows no bounds. We 're with you.
Daniel & Nadia Davis 2017-10-19 11:53:05
Such a fantastic way to support a very worthy cause. Wishing you all the best on your journey!
Ellen Dodson 2017-10-18 14:36:43
Steve Millar 2017-10-03 12:50:04
You are an inspiration.
Wendy Lloyd Curley 2017-10-03 07:03:07
Going to a great cause. All the best on the ride From Victory and Indian Motorcycles
Victory Motorcycles Victory Motorcycles 2017-09-07 14:26:54
Thank you for for riding for all those with mental health issues supporting such an important issue. Good on you.
Angela Denney 2017-09-01 14:45:57
Ride safe and take good care of yourself
Radio Data Comms 2017-08-15 08:47:37
Best of luck mate, please ride safe.
Pipe smart plumbing 2017-08-14 18:54:52
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BNI Face of Business 2017-08-12 15:10:44
Great cause stay upright
Trafalgar 2017-08-10 06:06:12
Good Luck!! From Bea All Pumps Silverwater
ALL PUMPS 2017-08-08 14:54:05
best wishes, Seb, great cause
GLOWDORY PTY LTD 2017-08-07 11:49:19
Love you Sebby x
Factory One 2017-08-06 11:40:50
stay safe brother
Dash Freight 2017-08-04 15:32:07
Thanks Seb for doing this. The grief I still feel from my Mother 's suicide colours every part of my life. It has shaped me in ways no daughter should have to deal with. Just like no father should. Awareness and education are key. I hope you enjoy the ride and enjoy connecting with others that have shared the same experience and loss.
Calla Property 2017-08-04 14:47:37
Helenka Hankus 2017-08-03 15:09:11
Safe trip
Diederik de Jonge 2017-07-30 06:09:27
Ride safe Seb.
General Building Services Pty Ltd 2017-07-29 15:18:42
Ride well.
Sky Monkey 2017-07-29 12:11:42
May this help you find peace and help others make a different choice
Melissa Greenstein 2017-07-29 09:48:10
Sounds like a great way to support a wonderful cause in Michael 's memory and enjoy the camaraderie at the same time. Stay safe! xx
Miriam Krajewski 2017-07-29 07:46:09
Good on ya Boss
Kathy Tracey 2017-07-28 09:31:18
Great cause, Seb hope to ride with you one day soon.
Phil James 2017-07-28 09:14:17
A great cause for a huge problem, good luck on achieving your goal.
ETSI Consulting Pty Ltd 2017-07-28 06:11:52
Good Luck !!
Diane P 2017-07-28 00:11:26
Anonymous 2017-07-27 22:51:35
Nice work mate.
Iain Campbell 2017-07-27 22:26:24
With our love to you Seb.
Penny Mathews 2017-07-27 20:00:36
Sorry this has to mean so much to you Seb Wonderful cause. Enjoy the ride x
Patch Nosavan 2017-07-27 19:54:57
No words just thoughts xxx
Majec Solutions 2017-07-27 14:11:36
Nice work, Seb.
Tom Etherington 2017-07-27 13:45:06
Michael Harwood 2017-07-27 13:19:20
A great cause.
Chris Barnes 2017-07-27 12:16:00
Liz Spencer 2017-07-27 11:35:40
Aaaaand here 's the other 90
Content Productions 2017-07-27 10:55:16
Love you brother.
Content Productions 2017-07-27 10:48:00
Good on yer Sebastian! Love Monica
Monica Chapman 2017-07-27 10:26:17
Good on you Sebby
Skeen property buyers agents 2017-07-27 09:48:57
You 're a Gem Sebbie ride safe! Such an important cause....
Bounce Matters 2017-07-27 09:26:14
Good on you Seb, a great cause xx
Julie Manning 2017-07-27 09:05:51
Jeremy Daunay 2017-07-27 08:42:07
I hope you raise more than your target and have an excellent ride for such a fabulous cause.
Victoria Bismire 2017-07-27 08:38:22
Great Stuff and Safe Travels!
Leigh Banks 2017-07-27 08:34:15
Good luck Seb!!
Raelene Norris 2017-07-27 08:31:57
Glad to help such a worth cause, ride safe brother
Ray Williams 2017-07-27 08:24:13
Chris Jack 2017-07-27 08:13:22
Kwik Kopy Auburn 2017-07-27 08:12:37
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