News

Get your motor running against depression

READY TO RIDE: Left to right: Alan Butler (Motorcycle enthusiast), Jim Butler (Shannon's insurance), Niall Mulligan (Centre Manager - Northern Rivers Lifeline), Chris Chapman (Manager at Plateau Sports Club, Alstonville), Peter Kelly (Major sponsor HSU NSW/ACT), 
Front: Nicholas Kostyn (Event Coordinator CvD)
READY TO RIDE: Left to right: Alan Butler (Motorcycle enthusiast), Jim Butler (Shannon's insurance), Niall Mulligan (Centre Manager - Northern Rivers Lifeline), Chris Chapman (Manager at Plateau Sports Club, Alstonville), Peter Kelly (Major sponsor HSU NSW/ACT), Front: Nicholas Kostyn (Event Coordinator CvD) Contributed

AROUND 150 local motorcycle enthusiasts will be riding between Byron Bay to Alstonville on November 6.

It is for the seventh annual Northern Rider Quarterly Magazine social ride 'Compression v Depression' to raise funds for the Lifeline Norther Rivers 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention service.

Bike to be won

The event aims to raise awareness and money as Mental Health Week draws to a close, this year featuring a fundraising raffle with a grand prize of a Suzuki DR 650SE Motorbike valued at $8000.

Editor of Northern Rider Quarterly Magazine and Event Coordinator Nicholas Kostyn says that he is incredibly proud of how community-minded it is.

"What I love about it is that the money is raised in our community, stays in in our community and serves our community as it all goes directly to Lifeline Northern Rivers," he said.

"We are looking forward to a great event that will allow us to celebrate our love of motorcycling with a few mates, encourage all road users to look twice for bikes and raise money for a worthy local cause."

 

Wearing the purple t-shirts for the Compression vs Depression motorbike ride
Wearing the purple t-shirts for the Compression vs Depression motorbike ride Contributed

Reaching out to those who are hard to reach

Lifeline Northern River Centre Manager Niall Mulligan said that the event allows them to reach out to a demographic that is in need of support, and often hard to reach.

"Three quarters of all suicides are men, we know that men sometimes struggle to ask for help when they need to do so, and this is a great event for these men to get together and acknowledge the fact that everybody can be subject to mental health concerns and that as a community we should be open to talking about and de-stigmatising these concerns," he said.

"It's an ideal opportunity to remind everybody to look out for the emotional well-being of themselves, their family, their mates and their community."

Major sponsor of the event

The Health Services Union NSW/ACT is a major sponsor of the event and State Secretary Gerard Hayes recognises the importance of Lifeline Northern Rivers in terms of crisis support and suicide prevention.

"Lifeline Northern Rivers plays an important role in our community and it is great to see so many people coming together to help break down the stigmas associated with mental health and to let those in need know they have friends and organisations they can talk to," he said.

Event details

The event begins at the Green Garage in Byron Bay for an informal 'show n' shine' and registration before departing at 9am to finish up at the Alstonville Bowling Club for the main prize draw at 3:30pm.

Tickets are $10 each and available either in person from The Green Garage, Plateau Sports Club Alstonville, Blue Kitchen South Lismore, B-Line Auto Ballina & Mullumbimby, The Lunatic Hotel Drake and Lifeline stores in the region, via email through editor@northernrider.com.au or over the phone from Lifeline's Crisis Support Centre.

Lifeline Norther Rivers Crisis Support Line runs 24/7, anyone in distress can call on 6622 4133.

For more information on mental health conditions and support visit www.beyondblue.org.au

Topics:  compression versus depression lifeline northern rider quarterly whatson



'Thank you, NSW. It has been an honour'

Mike Baird posted this photo on Facebook after announcing his retirement from politics.

The out-going premier takes to Facebook for his final farewell

'Save the native wildlife over cats any day': YOUR SAY

Do you think cats should be indoor-only pets?

"They should be locked in at all times"

An emotional Mike Baird: 'There was great personal cost'

"After 10 years in public life, this moment for me has arrived."

Local Partners

Everything is awesome! Lego takes over Lismore City Hall

IT WILL be Lego heaven this weekend. Find out what to expect when the Lismore Brick Event arrives in town.


Cat Empire goes prowling down memory lane

FUN: Australian band, The Cat Empire. Photo contributed.

During a tour next month with Xavier Rudd.

Gig Guide: the entertainment you need to know about

ON STAGE: Minnie Marks plays the Lennox Hotel, on Saturday at 9.30pm and The Rails, Byron Bay, on Sunday at 7pm.

This week's music, theatre, performance and more

Mr Love brings music and spirituality to the Bay

TOURING: Hawaiian musician Mike Love will perform in Mullumbimby this weekend.

Mike Love returns with his The Beginning Of Days 2017 Tour

Your chance to drive like Magnum P.I.

Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I. with his trusty 'side-kick' Ferrari.

FERRARI that appeared on classic detective show goes to auction.

Ocean Sleeper discuss being 'Six Feet Down'.

Ocean Sleeper make waves with their new EP. Photo Contributed

Gippsland band shines at Unify

Bowie's final music EP No Plan released

NEW: Artwork for David Bowie's posthumous 2016 EP, No Plan.

David Bowie's 28th and final album

Gig Guide: the entertainment you need to know about

ON STAGE: Minnie Marks plays the Lennox Hotel, on Saturday at 9.30pm and The Rails, Byron Bay, on Sunday at 7pm.

This week's music, theatre, performance and more

Mr Love brings music and spirituality to the Bay

TOURING: Hawaiian musician Mike Love will perform in Mullumbimby this weekend.

Mike Love returns with his The Beginning Of Days 2017 Tour

Get the Italian vibes next month in Lismore

CIAO: Popular Italian entertainer, Domenico.

Traditional Italian music and dance by Domenico

'That’s the nature of commercial reality': Lismore council

GAME CHANGER: The $13 million proposal by Quest proposal is for a three-storey complex featuring 41 serviced apartments, 53 on-site carparks, 24-hour on-site management, a gymnasium and modern guest facilities.

"It's a shame the development is no longer on the table"

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

LAND VALUES: Figures reveal how much your property is worth

Land values in Ballina have increased over the past 12 months.

Property in one Northern Rivers town has increased by almost 14%

6 new estates to build a home on the Northern Rivers

Land estates are available now on the Northern Rivers with some stages opening up soon.

Looking for a place to put down roots and raise a family?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!