Annual Black Dog Ride to red centre

HUNDREDS of motorcyclists from all over Australia will descend on Alice Springs next month for the annual Black Dog Ride.

Castle Hill resident Phillip Waesch has helped turn the ride into an essential trip for riders who spread awareness about male depression and suicide prevention.

This year, Mr Waesch has assembled a support crew of 60 riders who on Saturday, August 18, will set off from Main Street (Old Northern Road), for the 3000km journey.

Tagging along for the ride will be Channel Nine journalist Simon Bouda and Today Show weatherman Steve Jacobs.

They will film episodes for Channel Nine at Tamworth, Nyngan, Broken Hill, Port Augusta, Coober Pedy and Alice Springs.

"The ride started in 2009 when Steve Andrews drove solo around Australia," Mr Waesch said.

"Numbers have been growing every year, and an event like this helps men open up and talk more in a group atmosphere."

Mr Waesch has never suffered from depression himself, but he said his family had been touched by depression in the past.

"Australia has 46 people a day who commit suicide and up to 70 per cent of them are male," Mr Waesch said.

Come along and farewell the riders at Castle Hill Main Street from 9am.

To mark the occasion Kellyville Lions Club has organised a barbecue from 7.30am before the Today Show films the farewell.

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