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Black Dog Ride's Team

Volunteers

Our awareness raising activities are made possible by our huge band of dedicated and selfless volunteers, who take on many different roles in our many different activities. In 2019 over 400 people gave their time and energy to helping with rides and community activities right across Australia, making a real difference in people's lives right across the nation.

To our fantastic volunteers, thank you!

State and Territory Coordinators

These invaluable volunteers coordinate community projects within their state or territory, in addition to mentoring and supporting local Coordinators. Black Dog Ride could not amplify our message of depression and suicide prevention awareness across the nation without the tireless efforts of our wonderful volunteer coordinators and their amazing teams.

New South Wales – Graham and Nerolie Falconer

Northern Territory – Shelby Bradley

Queensland – Michael Young

South Australia – TBA

Tasmania – Ken Harris

Victoria – Bernie Garvey

Western Australia – Daryl Brough

1 Dayer Coordinators

Dozens of volunteers in each state and territory dedicate incalculable hours to developing and organising our annual Black Dog Ride 1 Dayers. They, and their volunteer teams, are an integral part of Black Dog Ride's success in raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention.

ACT:

  • Canberra - Deanne Vaughan

NSW:

  • Bathurst - Rosemary Hancock
  • Central Coast - Alasdair Fairlie
  • Condobolin - Anny Seaton
  • Dubbo - Wayne Amor
  • Newcastle - TBA
  • Penrith - Gary Arnold
  • South Coast - Paul Gaffney
  • Wagga Wagga - Graham "Bear" Falconer
  • Wollongong - Scott Quayle

NT:

  • Alice Springs - Jarred Torres
  • Darwin - Shelby Bradley

QLD:

  • Brisbane - TBA
  • Bundaburg (Wide Bay Burnett) - Michael Tucker
  • Cairns - Leanne Dance
  • Darling Downs - Clayton Cahill
  • Gold Coast - Kylie Sage
  • Mackay - Charles Linsley
  • Sunshine Coast - Michael Young
  • Townsville - Jamie Painter

SA:

  • Adelaide (South) - Craig Field
  • Ceduna - TBA
  • Jamestown - Nick Fetherstonhaugh/ Deane Boston
  • Kadina - TBA
  • Kangaroo Island - Steve Dixon
  • Port Augusta - Jeremy Rabig
  • Riverland - Gill Atkinson

TAS:

  • Campbell Town - Ken Harris

VIC:

  • Albury Wodonga - Mark Hayley
  • Ballarat - Mark Dwyer
  • Geelong - Gary Stooke
  • Latrobe Valley - Ron Ipsen
  • Mornington - Ryan Jackson
  • Seymour - Kylie Wheeler
  • South West Victoria - Phil Showler
  • Wangaratta - Kurt Dissengna

WA:

  • Avon Valley - Wesley Sutton
  • Baldivis - Chris Glover
  • Busselton - Steve Ingram
  • Denmark - Roger Seeney
  • Esperance - Paul McKenzie
  • Kalgoorlie - TBA
  • Pilbara - Joanne Waterstrom Muller
  • Port Headland - Chris Burns

Winston – Mascot

Winston was Steve's companion on the inaugural Black Dog Ride around Australia in 2009 and has been on every single Black Dog Ride! He also travels to agricultural shows, public forums and speaking engagements.

Winston has proven to be a brilliant tool for engaging the community of all ages about mental health awareness. You will see Winston on the bikes of Black Dog Riders right across the country. You can purchase your own Winston in our online shop.

Black Dog Ride's Mascot is named after Sir Winston Churchill, who famously diarised about being hounded by the "black dog of depression".

"Black Dog" is a powerfully expressive metaphor that appears to require no explanation.The combination of 'blackness' with the negative connotations of 'dog, noun and verb, seems an eminently apt description of depression: an ever present companion, lurking in shadows just out of sight, growling, vaguely menacing, always on the alert; sinister and unpredictable, capable of overwhelming you at any moment. - Paul Foley