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If you ride or belong to a biker club please consider organizing a Black Dog Ride USA 1 Dayer event in your city on 25-Sep-2016 ~ learn more below....
About Black Dog Ride
In 2009, Steve Andrews embarked on a solo month long motorbike journey around Australia, raising $34,000 for the Suicide Call Back Service and engaging thousands of Australians with his message of awareness. Steve took with him a soft toy black dog representing the black dog of depression which Winston Churchill famously diarised. Steve called this dog Winston, and his ride, Black Dog Ride.
Since then Andrews has built Black Dog Ride into a national suicide prevention charity coordinating 141 Black Dog Rides with thousands of Australians to raise awareness plus raised over $2,200,000 for mental health services nationwide.
In 2015, Black Dog Ride came to the USA and 65 riders and passengers covered approximately 4,800 miles from New York City to Los Angeles over 21 days on the Black Dog Ride Across America. According to BDR organizers, many friends were made all along the way as they advanced the mission of Black Dog Ride to aid those living with the effects of depression or suicide, either directly or indirectly.
The response in the USA was so overwhelmingly positive that Black Dog Ride made the decision to begin building a greater presence in the USA soon after returning to Australia.
This year the first Black Dog Ride USA 1 Dayer will be held in multiple locations nationwide on September 25th 2016.
What is a 1 Dayer?
Since 2010, Black Dog Ride's 1 Dayers in Australia have been a successful day-long ride to start communities talking about mental health and suicide prevention. With local communities uniting on one day under one banner, a unified lifesaving message of awareness and prevention is amplified across the country.
Black Dog Ride USA has partnered with Mental Health First Aid USA to raise funds to train military veterans and first responders in Mental Health First Aid. Being trained in MHFA will empower veterans and responders with the tools to identify and respond appropriately to mental health crisis' amongst their colleagues and peers, a primary tool in the frontline of suicide prevention.
On September 25, 2016, the very first BDR USA 1 Dayers will be held in several locations across the US:
If your agency, group or club would like to organize a Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer on 25-Sep-2016 please download the 5-page PDF and the Excel spreadsheet below provided by BDR USA National Coordinator Skip Schippers (his contact data is included in the PDF).
Also please let USFRA know what city and state your event will be held in so we can update the above list in case other bikers can join your ride.
Learn more about BDR 1 Dayers in the below files or visit www.blackdogride.com .