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WHAT IS THE BANISH THE BLACK DOG CHARITY RIDE?

The Banish the Black Dog Charity Bike Ride is a relaxed cycling tour promoted by the Rotary Club of Townsville Central to raise awareness of mental health issues in our community, and to raise funds to aid research into the causes and treatments of mental health disorders. The ride’s major donation recipient is Australian Rotary Health, the largest non government mental health research funding organization in Australia. We also support local initiatives in the treatment and support of those suffering mental illnesses.

WHO SHOULD GO ON THIS RIDE?

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The ride caters to all riders from relative beginners to experienced with a range of group ride speeds to choose from to suit your own personal capability. Each speed group has their own support vehicle

FAST FACTS

Ride Date:
May 23rd & Sunday 24th 2015
Registration Fee:
$195
Fundraising Target (minimum):
$200
Distance and Trip Duration:
260kms over 2 days
Physical Capability:
A level of fitness to be able to cycle up to 8 hours at a minimum speed of 20kph for 2 days
Accommodation:
Camping at the Ayr Showgrounds (BYO tent)
What is Provided?
Meals, snacks and drinks
Ride jersey
Bike Mechanic
Support Vehicles
Camping Fees
Sunscreen
Live music in camp
Cash bar with the cheapest prices in the Burdekin
A fun weekend
Event Briefing (compulsory):
Friday, 22 May, 6:30pm
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Banish the Black Dog shared TheGo Townsville's post. ...

Another successful Ride for Road Safety (in memory of Sue Bell) this morning. There were two route options – 21km and a shorter 6km. Riders gathered at Strand Park afterwards to listen to an address from local MPs. Townsville BUG’s Rebecca Ryan was pleased with the turnout and heartened to see that politicians were taking a more proactive approach to road safety. She thanked the volunteers and everyone who took part and said she’d like to see the event grow further next year. Keep an eye on Townsville Bicycle Users Group’s facebook page for more cycling events, including the Style over Speed next month (thegotownsville.com.au/event/style-over-speed-2015/) #townsville #cycling #roadsafety #GetGoing

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Congratulations Maria Larkin, you're the winner! ...

A very sincere thank you to everyone who donated to our Banish the Black Dog fundraiser. We have beaten the target by $50, raising $750, which will go directly towards mental health research and initiatives to improve health and wellbeing. As part of this, the businesses listed below very kindly donated a host of goodies to create a $3,000 fitness hamper. Every $5 that was donated was put into a random draw to win this amazing stash. We are very excited to announce that we've drawn the winner - congratulations Maria Larkin!! Check out your amazing prize here: thegotownsville.com.au/banish-the-black-dog-fundraiser/ Please contact us at hello@thegotownsville.com.au to arrange collection :) Thank you to the following businesses for helping us to raise funds and awareness for mental health: Paleo Cafe Townsville - City; Townsville Rock Climbing - Hot Rock Adventure Centre; Alpha Omega Health; CrossFit North Queensland; Outer Limits Adventure Fitness; Lighten up; Gold's Gym Townsville; GNC Townsville; Cassowary Coast Multisport Club Inc - CCMC; Adventurethon Australia; Tennis Townsville; Back2Health360; Spark Movement Studio; Flow; Hardcore Brands; Totally Tropical Orienteering Club. #winner #mentalhealth #townsville #BanishTheBlackDog

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Did you know that the council is considering selling land along the Ross River Parkway? Thanks to the Townsville BUG (Bicycle User Group) for bringing this to our attention and taking on the role as liaison. Keep informed, get involved - Like their page! ...

Concerned residents met with Cr Ray Gartrell and Mayor Jenny Hill yesterday to hear more about the proposed sale of council land along the Ross River Parkway. Council needs to raise funds but as the government calculations show "for each person who cycles 20 minutes to work and back, our economy benefits by $14.30; and for each person who walks 20 minutes to work and back benefits our economy by $8.48." Selling land along this important transport route is false economy. The BUG president has taken on the role as liaison and we will be keeping everyone who was at this meeting up-to-date and passing on information from those affected to the mayor's office. As Jenny Hill said 'it's about protecting the integrity of the Ross River Parkway'. We need a coordinated approach. (source: www.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/pab/active_transport/files/infra1874_mcu_active_travel_r...)

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