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Man on a mission

The Black Dog Ride Dubbo/NSW coordinator  Wayne Amor. Photo: Dubbo Photo News. The Black Dog Ride Dubbo/NSW coordinator Wayne Amor. Photo: Dubbo Photo News.

Wayne Amor has seen a lot of miles pass under the wheels of his motorcycle on his mission to keep the conversation rolling, about depression and suicide prevention, via his involvement with the Black Dog Ride.

The Black Dog Ride Dubbo/NSW coordinator has been committed to the cause since 2014 when he participated in his first event and quickly moved up the ranks to run things state-wide.

Fresh from completing a Lifeline mental health counselling course, Wayne suggests the best step to take if you’re worried about a friend or family member is to ask, ‘Are you okay?’

“If you notice they’re suddenly angry or they’re doing something out of the ordinary, just ask them if everything is okay, because there’s a chance something is going on and they need help with it,” said Wayne.

Currently taking registrations for the Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer 2017 event scheduled for Sunday, March 19, Wayne said no matter where you go, when a 100 motorcycles ride into town, people stop and take notice.

“That’s the whole point. That’s how Black Dog Ride keeps the conversation going about depression and suicide prevention.

“We did a ride out to Uluru one year and we were overnighting in a small community and it wasn’t until the next day, when we were putting on our helmets to leave, a local man struck up a conversation with some of us about some issues he was having and the lack of support available in his community.

“He couldn’t afford to donate any money to the Black Dog Ride charity, but he and his wife made some biscuits for us so we raffled them somewhere further down the road and made $200.

“We made sure the message got back to him so he knew he’d helped in some way.

“It means something to be able to help people get talking, when you’re out riding. It’s not uncommon for people to see you wearing your jacket with the Black Dog Ride patch, you’ll be at the servo or something, and someone will come up to you and give you $20 towards the charity and say, ‘Here you go mate, keep up the good work,’” Wayne said.

The Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer is being held on Sunday, March 19, starting at 7.30am at the Macquarie Inn where a barbecue breakfast will be served before departing for Wellington via Elong Elong and back to Dubbo via the Mitchell Highway.

Register early to win!

If you register for the Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer 2017 by midnight on Monday, March 6, 2017, your name will go in a draw to win an all new Indian Scout valued at $19,995. The raffle will be drawn on Sunday, March 19.

Registration: blackdogride.com.au

Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer 2017

Registration: blackdogride.com.au

Ride: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Time: 7.30am at the Macquarie Inn for a barbecue breakfast

Contact: Wayne Amor

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For 24/7 help please call or contact:

Lifeline: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467  www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

beyondblue: 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au