Riding for a worthy cause

A roar of motorcycle engines filled UniSA's Aroma Cafe on Monday, when the Black Dog Ride's South Australian team stopped in for a well-deserved lunch break.

Raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention, South Australian leg organiser Paul Whittenbury lead around 25 riders from Glenelg to be finishing up in Alice Springs.

"My brother committed suicide after suffering from depression," he said.

"This ride is something we are all passionate about."

As the journey continues, the ride will see more bikers joining up as they continue down to Port Lincoln, up through Port Augusta and finally meet up with the other states.

Our very own Whyalla Mount Laura Lions Club donated $400 on the day for the worthy cause, and the Black Dog Ride team were extremely appreciative.

Lions assist the Black Dog ride throughout Australia and they try to help them throughout the program.

The local group were contacted and asked to help provide lunch for the stop over in Whyalla during the South Australian leg which was then kindly donated by UniSA through business manager Mark Whitfield.

Lions member Jim Hewitson said they then decided to donate funds towards the ride.

"We then matched the University donation of $400 for food, towards the cause," he said.

"So lunch was provided for the riders and they received extra funds for their cause."

The Whyalla Mount Laura Lions club is very passionate for the cause, as each of the riders have all been touched by mental illness in one form or another.

"As a club we have experienced some mental health issues so we are aware of it," Mr Hewitson said.

"We had a Lions Wudinna member succumb to mental illness last week, so we will do anything to assist the riders in anyway we can."

Anyone who would like to make a donation can head to their website at www.everydayhero.com.au/event/redcentre2013 or they can continue to support lifeline.

RIDE FOR A CAUSE: Paul Whittenbury and his crew stopped by Aroma Cafe for lunch this week in order to spread awareness for depression and suicide prevention.

RIDE FOR A CAUSE: Paul Whittenbury and his crew stopped by Aroma Cafe for lunch this week in order to spread awareness for depression and suicide prevention.

DONATION: Paul Whittenbury was presented with a $500 donation on behalf of the Whyalla Mount Laura Lions club by Jim Hewitson and UniSA Business Manager Mark Whitfield.

DONATION: Paul Whittenbury was presented with a $500 donation on behalf of the Whyalla Mount Laura Lions club by Jim Hewitson and UniSA Business Manager Mark Whitfield.