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The countdown is on for the Black Dog Ride around Australia

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There is less than one month to go until hundreds of motorbike riders will take part in a 32-day journey around Australia to raise awareness for depression and suicide prevention.

This year's journey will be larger than ever before and is the first time riders will journey around Australia, rather than riding to the Red Centre, which has been the Black Dog Ride's key annual ride for the past 4 years.

The 32 day Ride around Australia will follow the course taken by the Ride's founder, Steve Andrews five years ago when he first embarked on his inaugural solo ride, following the suicide of his best friend's wife.

"I am overwhelmed with the enormous support we have received this year. Depression is an illness, not a weakness. If we all work together and talk about depression, we will be able to make an invaluable difference to the lives of many struggling Australians," said Steve.

Funds raised during the Ride around Australia will go towards Lifeline Australia's suicide prevention programs and Mental Health First Aid's teen course program ‰ÛÒ teaching high school students how to provide mental health first aid for their friends.

The Ride around Australia departs from Bateau Bay, NSW on Saturday July 26. The ride will then journey up to Queensland, making its way around the circumference of Australia. State rides will run concurrently with the national ride as it passes through each state. Riders finish the 32-day ride at Bondi Beach on Tuesday August 26.

Online registrations for the State Rides have now closed. Day Riders are welcome on Day 1 and can register at the start of their State Ride. Details of these locations on the website.

To date, the Black Dog Ride has raised over $1.3 million for mental health support services.

Donations can still be made in support of the Ride. To make a donation, go to https://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/blackdog-ridearoundaustralia-2014

For more information, see www.blackdogride.com.au or contact Sarah Brown on 02 9279 0672 or sarah@stolenquotes.com.

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