Riding for depression

Paul Riley and Richard Outten have formed a team to raise funds for Lifeline and Mental Health First Aid. Picture John Veage
Paul Riley and Richard Outten have formed a team to raise funds for Lifeline and Mental Health First Aid. Picture John Veage

A TEAM from Sutherland Shire will take part in the 2800-kilometre Black Dog Ride, which raises money for Lifeline and Mental Health First Aid.

Skill Master Tribe leaves the shire on August 17 bound for Port Augusta, South Australia, where team members will meet up with 500 riders from around Australia for the final leg to Alice Springs.

Paul Riley, a former paramedic, and his mates Richard Outten and Patrick Skagerfalt, raised more than $5500 to cement their place in the fund-raising ride.

Riding along with them is a black dog soft toy that represents "the black dog of depression" which Winston Churchill so famously diarised and is now often used to describe the condition.

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