Promoting the Compression v Depression Social Motorbike Ride are, from left, Lynn Olivieri, and Surette Van Wyk, from Lismore Motorcycles. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Promoting the Compression v Depression Social Motorbike Ride are, from left, Lynn Olivieri, and Surette Van Wyk, from Lismore Motorcycles. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Happiness and the art of motorcycle riding

IF YOU'RE looking for a reason to get the motorbike out of the garage this weekend, the third annual Compression v Depression social ride is the perfect excuse.

Held as part of Motorcycle Awareness Week, it is also a fundraiser for Lifeline Northern Rivers.

Lifeline's counselling centre manager, Niall Mulligan, said the ride was a lot of fun and aimed to promote awareness of mental health issues.

"We see the participation of motorbike clubs, with their ethos of mateship and mutual support, in these events as providing an ideal opportunity to encourage everybody to look out for the emotional wellbeing of themselves, their family, their mates and their community," he said.

Compression v Depression is open to all motorcyclists. It is on this Sunday, starting with a show and shine and breakfast from 7.30am, with registrations from 8am.

The ride starts from the Rous Hotel/Café on Zadoc St, Lismore, at 9.30am.

Chris Quinn from Quinn Racing and The Channon Tavern, which are event sponsors, said he was looking forward to the ride. "We sponsored it last year as well and we think it's a really good cause," he said. "Last year I think we got about 200 people, so it was a great turnout. It's something that everyone can enjoy."

Also, a film will be shown tonight at the Star Court Theatre in Lismore, with proceeds going to Lifeline Northern Rivers. The movie is The World's Fastest Indian, at 7pm.

Tickets are $20 and include a complimentary drink and nibbles.

Other sponsors include Northern Rider Quarterly Magazine, the Channon Tavern, Steve Cubis Tree Services, The Northern Star and the Northern Rivers Echo.



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