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TERRI’S BLACK DOG RIDE

TERRI’S BLACK DOG RIDE

Terri Barclay has been at it again, this time with the Black Dog Ride around Queensland. 40 people on 37 bikes took off from Brisbane and travelled close to 6000 kms around the state in order to raise funds for Lifeline and Mental Health First Aid in secondary schools along with raising awareness and starting conversations around depression. Terri joined the team of riders and she says that she arrived at the starting point and straight away a gentleman approached her to ask what was happening. “He then opened up about his own depression, something that he said he had not talked about to anyone other than a counsellor before. And that the was the beginning of a trend throughout the entire trip, everywhere we went people approached us to talk about their loved ones, neighbours, friends or indeed, their own depression” Terri says. The highlights of the trip for her included a police escort through the main Street of Longreach, visiting two schools and just sitting down and talking to people. The Black Dog Ride this year took the Qld riders through Roma, Longreach, Winton, Mount Isa, Kurumba, Georgetown, Cooktown, Mission Beach, Mackay, and Bundaberg. “Seeing so much of the country while riding a motorbike was an amazing experience, and I and many of the people on the trip felt that it really was a life changing experience”. If you want to help or donate, you can go to: https://blackdogride.giveeasy.org/campaigns/depression-awareness/

or pop into the T Barclay Real Estate office to make your donation.

• Terri with fellow Black Dog riders inside the engine of a Qantas jet at Longreach.

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