Black Dog riders roll into Kimba

RIDERS: Kimba's, Graeme Buhlmann and Cheryl Davey talked with ex-Kimba man Brett Flavel and friends Kate Snell, Goran Cvitan and Janelle Perkins of WA, who were taking part in the Black Dog ride.
RIDERS: Kimba's, Graeme Buhlmann and Cheryl Davey talked with ex-Kimba man Brett Flavel and friends Kate Snell, Goran Cvitan and Janelle Perkins of WA, who were taking part in the Black Dog ride.

ABOUT 100 motorcycle riders rode into Kimba on their week-long journey to the Red Centre as part of this year's Black Dog Ride.

The ride, now in its sixth year, will take the riders from Western Australia to Uluru to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention.

The Kimba Lioness and Lions Club members put on a lunch for the riders at the Uniting Church hall when they passed through Kimba.

Ex-Kimba man Brett Flavel was on the ride this year and was able to catch up with familiar faces when they broke from riding.

Kimba Hospital executive officer/director of nursing Vicki Coulls also rode with her husband John from Wudinna to Port Augusta and her husband continued on to Uluru.

Funds raised by Black Dog Riders support the roll out of Mental Health First Aid's Teen Program to Australian Schools nationwide, and to build the capacity of Lifeline's online Crisis Support Chat service.

Black Dog Ride founder Steve Andrews said fostering awareness of depression and suicide prevention in communities was the best catalyst for prevention.

"To date, this grassroots national charity has raised over $1,800,000 for mental health services across Australia," he said.

By Black Dog riders taking to the road they build awareness simply by getting people talking.