Motorcycle tour raises $8500 for Lifeline
"RIDING is therapy", according to Nick Ramone, who organised the Compression Vs Depression motorcycle tour at the weekend.
"Getting away with a few mates, and going for a long ride was good for the soul ," he said.
And it could certainly help deal with depression, but it was an outlet that not every one had.
Yesterday's charity ride was an opportunity to give something back, he said.
"Motorcyclists are a generous community," he said.
This year, the ride raised $8500, and over the five years it has been running a total of $30,000 has been donated to depression-focussed charities he said.
This year, the money will go to the Northern Rivers Lifeline.
"All the money will stay in the area," he said.
Telstra Store Lismore was a major sponsor, which really helped this year, he said.
The 200 kilometre group ride included over 140 registered motorcyclists. The ride started in Lismore and headed to Coolamon Scenic Drive before doubling back to Nimbin and then onto the Eltham Pub, for awards and speeches.
Jo Pink, of the Babes Lady Riders Northern NSW, said the motorcycle group was focused on riding and raising money for charity.
"We are here to support Lifeline," she said.