Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer to come to Mungery family fun day

The Black Dog charity ride helps start a conversation around mental health.
The Black Dog charity ride helps start a conversation around mental health.

The sight of 200 motorcycles travelling up the dirt road to Mungery Hall will certainly start a conversation no matter what. 

The Black Dog 1 Dayer charity ride will be heading to the Narromine Shire on Sunday, March 17 for a family fun day at Mungery Hall. 

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Since 2010, the 1 Dayer event has brought together Black Dog Riders for a meaningful day of riding, and to help start the conversation about mental health. 

Secretary of the trustee of the Mungery Hall Suzie Rae said it will be a day for the entire community to get together, have some fun and enjoy a chat about anything that might be going on in people's lives. 

"The Black Dog Riders will leave Dubbo on Sunday morning and spend three hours with us at Mungery to chew the fat with anyone who wants to talk about anything that's going in their lives," Ms Rae said.

"We also thought because of the drought, which is still going, it would be a really nice day for families and everyone in the community, not just farmers, everyone to get together. 

"Everyone's been affected by what's going on."

The event is sponsored by the National Association of Loss and Grief (NALAG) NSW’s Our Shout Program, the Department of Primary Industries Rural Resilience Program, the Black Dog Ride and the Australian Red Cross, and aims to support drought-affected communities. 

Ms Rae said there will be something for everyone including a free barbecue and soft drinks, children's entertainment, a cricket match between Narromine and Tomingley, a coffee van, sumo wrestling and live entertainment from Brad Haling and Emma Roberts. 

"Matt Woods will be bringing some old tractors for people to look at on the day," Ms Rae said.

"There'll also be a dog jumping competition, so bring your best jumping dog and register."

Suicide is one of Australia’s biggest issues, being the leading cause of death in Australians under the age of 45. 

Every year, the Black Dog Ride organises a one-day motorcycle ride in 31 regions which seek to raise community awareness surrounding depression and suicide. 

The event is open to the entire community and will begin at 10.30am, with the Black Dog Riders expected to arrive at 11am. 

"It's a great chance for everyone to get off their farms, or get out of their houses and come and have a few laughs and talk with mates who may have similar problems," Ms Rae said. 

"It's going to be a feel good day for mum dad, kids, grandma grandpa, and the dog if he jumps. 

"Hopefully people will be able to go home with lighter shoulders and a smile on their face."