Cowra stop for riders trying to round up the Black Dog

SUICIDE prevention is at the heart of a charity bike ride which leaves Bathurst on March 23.

Motorcycle riders from Bathurst and surrounding districts will be hitting the road to take part in a ride to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention.

Local Bathurst social motorcycle club The Bathurst And District (BAD) Hobos are hosting a Bathurst to Forbes leg of the nationally held Black Dog 1 Day Ride.

This ride, which involves motorcyclists across the nation from 31 locations, is to show support and raise funds for Lifeline and mental health services.

The Black Dog Ride, an independent not-for-profit organisation, was founded in 2009 by Busselton man Steve Andrews who lost his mother to suicide.

It has grown substantially since then, with 5000 bikes hitting the road in last year's one-day ride.

The Bathurst leg of this event will start at Alan Morse Park where breakfast will be available from 8.30am.

Next stop will be Cowra for morning tea, then on to Forbes, where lunch will be available at Lake Forbes.

To register, make a donation or purchase merchandise, go to www.blackdog

Donations can be made via Everyday hero website, search for Bathurst Dayer (as a supporter).

Contact Rose Hancock on 0414 927 743, or email for more information on the Bathurst leg of the ride.