27/4/17

Ride For Jase: Cycling 18,000 km For Mental Health Awareness

According to the Black Dog Institute, “suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between 15 and 44 years of age. It's a shocking statement. Suicide claims the lives of more young Australians than motor accidents. In Australia alone, over 65,000 people make a suicide attempt every year. But as the Institute says, suicide can be prevented. With this in mind, Galabid is proud to support an incredible adventure that starts in June this year, Ride For Jase. Ben Woods will cycle 18,000 in 180 days, taking in Australia via all four points on the compass. In 2015, Ben's brother Jase lost his battle with depression. The round-Australia ride is something Jase talked about accomplishing. As Ben explains, he will complete the route in Jase's memory, “I will do it for him, keeping him alive in my thoughts and heart through the 180 sunrises and sunsets the journey takes.” As he completes the ride Ben will be raise funds and awareness in support of mental health and suicide prevention. Donations to Ride For Jase can be made here. Funds are needed to support the ride itself. These include food, equipment and a support vehicle. Even a few dollars will make a huge difference to Ben's journey. Direct donations to the Black Dog Institute can also be made. The Institute is the Ride's chosen charity and an organisation that works tirelessly to develop understanding and treatment for mood disorders. To cheerlead Ben through social media, make sure you follow and like the Ride For Jase Facebook and Instagram pages. In the run up to Ben's journey, we'll be delivering updates on how the plans are coming together. We'll also be reporting on Ben's progress as he undertakes this incredible ride.

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