Black Dog raises funds, awareness

JOINING THE CONVOY: John and Vicki Coulls, Wudinna, joined the Black Dog Riders in August to raise awareness for suicide and depression.
JOINING THE CONVOY: John and Vicki Coulls, Wudinna, joined the Black Dog Riders in August to raise awareness for suicide and depression.
SAYING THANKS: John Coulls presented a certificate of appreciation to Wudinna School principal  
Ned Loades.

SAYING THANKS: John Coulls presented a certificate of appreciation to Wudinna School principal Ned Loades.

AN Eyre Peninsula couple recently took part in the Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre to help raise awareness for depression and suicide prevention.

John and Vicki Coulls hit the road in August with 500 Black Dog Riders from all states and territories heading to the Red Centre.

As well as helping to raise $300,000 there were hundreds of conversations about depression and suicide prevention amid the thousands of kilometres covered.

John Coulls has been involved with the Black Dog Ride for the last four years and has participated in a number of rides, including the 2014 around Australia ride.

He is also the local Black Dog Ride coordinator for Wudinna and organised the first one-day ride on Eyre Peninsula earlier this year.

The husband and wife duo thanked the many communities who have supported this fantastic cause, in particular the Wudinna community and local artist Roni Skipworth, who donated an encaustic wax artwork to the cause, which raised $525 at auction.

The riders stopped over at the Wudinna Area School for a visit, which was well received by students, staff and community members.

The couple also thanked Wudinna Area School principal Ned Loades, Wudinna Lions, Wudinna Hospital and Wudinna Senior Citizens for catering and the warm welcome.

Further thanks went to Wudinna police and Wudinna Ambulance (SAAS) for the escort into Wudinna, and to David Crawford for his photography.

The Black Dog Riders rode past the Wudinna Bakery in support of fellow rider Brett Habermann and his family.

Mr Coulls is working towards organising Mental Health First Aid courses in Wudinna later this year. This training teaches participants to be able to identify and assist appropriately in a mental health crisis.

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