About Our Ride
People who serve in the Australian Defence Force do so selflessly, and if the need arises they are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, as ANZAC Day regularly reminds us. However, a natural consequence of serving in a war zone is what is known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Alarmingly, suicide can result from this debilitating illness and Veterans, be them male or female, have one of the highest suicide rates of any occupation.
Our ride is aimed at raising $500,000 which will go to Veterans in need. We also want to inspire sufferers to have a conversation with a friend about their depression and anxiety, and seek professional help. PTSD is NOT a sign of weakness. Michael, one of the riders, suffered this illness for 12 years, but things only improved when he found help. And it started with a conversation.
If any of these issues have raised concerns for you, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 and have that conversation now.