Black Dog Ride – 2014

Ooohh!! You can feel the excitement building!! 12 months of planning finally coming together today!!

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Riding down the road towards Shark Leathers on Siganto Drive at Helensvale, you can see the bikes starting to line up ready for this epic event to support Lifeline in it’s work to raise awareness of Depression and Suicide Prevention – a totally worthwhile cause because so many in today’s world are affected in one way or another by this insidious condition.

Bikes, Bikes & More Bikes!!

 

Our fearless leader, away for this special occasion at a special occasion of her own (an overseas family wedding, no less) has left the reigns in the capable hands of her devoted leadership group, headed up by Liz Molloy and Karyn Bretnall.

 

The car park filled quickly with hundreds of people gathering to support this amazing and very important cause.

Car Park rapidly filling with hundreds of people

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Lifeline volunteers, along with some of the Kysa Girls, had their work cut out for them as they skilfully took care of Pre-Registered Check-ins and On-the-Day Registrations.  Huge thanks go to those 240 bikes that Pre-Registered – it certainly made our job a lot easier!!

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Coffee was served by Kev from Coffee Now, and breakfast provided courtesy of the Lions Club of Helensvale.

Breakfast provided by Lions Club

 

“Winston” Black Dog plush toys were a huge hit, being available for sale both at the start and finish of the event so that riders could mount them on their bikes as a symbol of their support in raising awareness of Depression and Suicide Prevention.

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Raffle Tickets were actively promoted by our lovely Kysa Girls throughout the Registration process too.

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We also had some very fun, colourful characters turn up, and we thank them for adding their vibrant personalities to our festivities 🙂

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And we are eternally grateful for the full support and co-operation of the Queensland Police Service – it made our day function so much easier.

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Many thanks goes out to Ash and Rebel FM for their utmost support during the preparations throughout the year, as well as their outstanding presentation and entertainment during the Registration process on the day.

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We would also like to thank Gasoline Alley (Springwood), for the loan of the Harley Davidson that Ash rode on the day – your support is greatly appreciated.

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After the Pre-Ride Brief for safety & organisation, the procession filed out onto Siganto Drive with Police escort vehicles leading the way, ready to help us get hundreds of bikes through the traffic with careful concern for the other vehicles on the road.  To our best count, we had over 300 bikes on the day – many with pillions of all ages 🙂

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Our Ride Leader (in Orange), followed by the Corner-Markers (in Yellow), lead the pack out …

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… departing from Helensvale, heading out through Maudsland,  slowly making our way up and over the twisties of Beechmont, coming into Canungra, before we finally hit the straights that took us to The Bearded Dragon at Tamborine.

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Liz Molloy, Ride Leader on the day, brought the Mob in safely to The Bearded Dragon …

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… and they came,

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… and they came,

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… and still they came!!

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… while our Safety Officer, Ash from Rebel FM in Flouro Pink, and our “Tail End Charlie” in Orange brought up the rear, ensuring no-one got left behind.

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Once all safely parked, we made our way to the outdoor area of The Bearded Dragon.

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Many groups were represented in this epic ride – it was great to see so much support!

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After we’d quenched out thirst, and with some food in our bellies, the Raffles were prepared and drawn ….

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… with congratulations to all of our winners! We hope you enjoy your prizes 🙂

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And to finish off the day, we were entertained by James Anson & his band throughout the afternoon – we thank them for their talent and support.

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We would also like to thank Ryan Cusack for his photography – please take the time to check out Ryan’s Flickr Page – see if you can find you & your bike!!

Thanks for coming … and we’ll see you all for next year’s “Black Dog Ride”!!

 

 

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