We're continuing to talk about the elephant in the room and the monkey on your back. Actually, we are taking the elephant back on the road and keeping that monkey off your back! And this time we're taking to the roads of New Zealand.

We know the statistics with 1 in 8 men will having depression and 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives. While women are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, men are less likely to talk about it. This increases the risk of their depression or anxiety going unrecognized and untreated.

This is something hits close to home for the Smith & Smith, O’Brien and Laser families and previous rides have shown us the difference that they are making, not only with their own health but with the important conversations that are being had in the communities they stop in.

Supporting the work of Lifeline in New Zealand and Beyond Blue in Australia, the riders will leave Auckland on Saturday, February 1 with the ride heading south via Taupo and Napier before crossing Cook Strait and riding through Blenheim, Franz Joseph, and Alexander to Invercargill. The riders will then make their way back to Auckland with the ride taking 12 days.


Current Participants

Sharon Pratt

Mick and Marcella Simone

Paul and Jenni

Brendon Adams

Cherie Stevenson

Adam Redmond

Mark and Maree Hailes

David and Lena Tripp

Peter Gooley

Mal and Roachy

Andrew Boxhall

Beyond Blue

Many of us have been affected by anxiety and depression, either personally or through family, friends or colleagues. Right now, over 1 million people in Australia experience depression and 2 million are experiencing anxiety. On average, 8 people take their lives every day in Australia.

Beyond Blue’s vision is for all people in Australia to achieve their best possible mental health.

The funds and awareness you raise will help us enormously as we work to support people to protect their mental health and to recover when they are unwell, reduce people’s experiences of stigma and discrimination, and improve people’s opportunities to get effective support and services at the right time.

With your support, we will continue to innovate and deliver new services and programs, distribute free information resources and share powerful stories of hope and recovery across Australia, fund world-leading research, roll out evidence-based campaigns and advocate for all people in Australia affected by anxiety, depression and suicide.

Your support will also help us keep up with demand for our 24/7 phone and online Support Service – which is staffed by mental health professionals and provides life-saving support to hundreds of people every day.

For information about anxiety, depression and suicide prevention please visit www.beyondblue.org.au For advice and support, contact the Beyond Blue Support Service on 1300 22 4636 or online at www.beyondblue.org.au/getsupport

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