Black Dogs visit Wudinna

THE BLACK Dog Ride to the Red Centre continued through the West Coast on Tuesday, August 20, with a stopover in Wudinna.

Steve Andrews founded Black Dog Ride in 2009 as one man’s mission to raise awareness of depression.

His resolve is to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention has evolved into thousands of Australians joining him on Black Dog Rides each year.

As Lions are the major sponsor for the Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre, this year the Wudinna Lions Club was asked to provide morning tea at Wudinna for the groups coming from Perth and Adelaide.

The hundred and twenty odd riders and support staff were able to enjoy a well-prepared morning tea provided by the Lions, and generously supported by the community.

The Perth contingent arrived first and took time out to talk to the locals, including the Wudinna Area School Secondary SRC members.

Year 12 student Brock Wilkins ably spoke to the riders, thanking them for their dedicated effort to bring awareness that depression was an illness, not a weakness to our community.

The SRC members donated $50 to this worthwhile cause.

The staff and parents of the Wudinna Kindergarten brought the children over to see and hear the motor bikes head off.

The Adelaide riders arrived a bit later and had to have a quick morning tea so they could all leave together on their way to Port Augusta via a lunch stop at Kimba.

Steve Andrews addressed the riders and locals about the “Ride” and thanked everyone for the support and the fantastic food provided.

With the proceeds from the morning tea the Wudinna Lions were able to donate $700 to support depression awareness and suicide prevention.

Wudinna Lion’s treasurer Terry Spence led the riders out of town past the school where all the students were lining the roadway cheering them on their way.

John and Vicki Coulls from Wudinna have a part of a group of West Coast riders who have joined up in the Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre, which will take them up to Alice Springs.

For more information, or to make a donation, go online at www.blackdogride.com.au.

Community interest: The Wudinna community, including students from Wudinna Area School, come out to see the Black Dog riders during their brief stopover.

Community interest: The Wudinna community, including students from Wudinna Area School, come out to see the Black Dog riders during their brief stopover.

Stop for tea: Riders on the Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre enjoyed morning tea, prepared by some of the locals, in Wudinna.

Stop for tea: Riders on the Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre enjoyed morning tea, prepared by some of the locals, in Wudinna.

Great support: Wudinna Lions Club treasurer Terry Spence (left) and Wudinna Area School principal Maria McCallum hold black dogs to show their support for the Black Dog Ride, and its founder Steve Andrews.

Great support: Wudinna Lions Club treasurer Terry Spence (left) and Wudinna Area School principal Maria McCallum hold black dogs to show their support for the Black Dog Ride, and its founder Steve Andrews.

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