Black Dog ride kicks off

BIKES will be revving for a good cause on Sunday, March 17, as this year’s local Black Dog Ride will kick off in Jamestown.

The Black Dog Ride, which was established in 2009, is an annual event held on the same day Australia-wide, which attracts thousands of motorcyclists to bond together and raise awareness for depression and suicide prevention.

The event is about uniting together under one banner, with one voice, on one single day, to amplify a national message of hope, awareness and

For the first time, the local event will be starting from Jamestown, and participant in this year’s event, Andrew Keller, urges anyone who likes to ride to join in and register.

“It’s a great excuse to come along for a ride, with some riders never having had the experience of riding in a big group,” Andrew said.

“Not to mention it is for a great cause, we have all been affected by suicide or depression at one point, not necessarily ourselves, but knowing of someone who has suffered from it.”

The ride, which is departing Jamestown at 9.30am, will continue to Moonta then conclude in Clare at 3.30pm.

“We hope we can muster up to 80 riders, with at least 25-30 people currently interested from Jamestown,” Andrew said.

Apex will be hosting a brekky for both participants and spectators from 8am on Ayre Street, so if you’re in the area, go and enjoy coffee, bacon and eggs and help raise awareness for a good cause.

To register to ride, or to find out more information, go to

• Pictured: Local riders participating in the Black Dog Ride are Nick Fetherstonhaugh, Andrew Keller and Jeff Sparks. Photo: Jordan Voumard