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Riding For Mental Health 2015

780 kms in 7 days is the quest of some veteran cyclists from Sale, who are determined to raise community awareness of the need for governments’ to allocate more resources to mental health.

The Sale veterans, Lance Hunt, Guusta Westra, Robert Larsen and Amanda Jackson are all experienced long distance cyclists. Between them they’ve tackled epic rides in Russia, Vietnam, Europe and the Australian Outback.

Mental Health Ride 2015a

To be launched by the Mayor of Sale, Cr. Carolyn Crossley, the ride will commence in Sale on Tuesday 17 March.

All of Gippsland’s state and federal politicians will be invited to participate in the ride to accompany other people who will be joining the ride during its various stages and who are also committed to improved mental health outcomes.

The Gippsland circuit will include the towns of Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance, Nowa Nowa, Orbost, Yarram, Welshpool, Foster, Leongatha, Korumburra, Koo Wee Rup, Pakenham, Nar Nar Goon, Drouin, Warragul, Moe, Morwell, Traralgon, Heyfield, and Maffra,

Lance Hunt is a tireless advocate for better mental health outcomes. He is also the convenor of the Wellington Chapter of Gippsland’s mental health advocacy charity, Barrier Breakers.

Lance said, “Mental health is a subject that we tend not to speak about much in the community, the illness can lead to disastrous consequences for many families, particularly in areas where services are difficult to access.”

“Additionally, we know mental illness costs businesses millions of dollars a year in lost time.
“Barrier Breakers is a great organisation and it is continuing to lobby for better services and housing for people with a mental illness in the Gippsland region”.
“Given that one in every 5 people (20%) will have a mental illness in any one year, we all need to do much, much more to get the governments attention. We surely cannot ignore the pressing needs of so many people,”

While this ride will be raising money for the efforts of Barrier Breakers, we are also aiming to shine a bright light on the problem and to let sufferers know that they are not alone.” Lance concluded.
Cheques can be sent to PO Box 39, Maffra, Victoria, 3860, made payable to Lance Hunt (reference on back of cheque to Mental Health Ride).

Barrier Breakers Inc. is a tax endorsed Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and all donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible. A tax deductible receipt will be issued.

For further information – contact Lance Hunt on 0417544663