Last Sunday, September 10 marked the second annual Ride Against Suicide event.
The event co-ordinator, Janet Kuys, is a member of the local Silent Ripples suicide bereavement support group and instigated the event in conjunction with the Royal Adelaide Show committee.
The aim of the event was to raise and maintain community awareness around the incidence of suicide and its impact on those left behind.
This year, 103 motorcycle riders left the Mannum RSL at 9am.
Riders travelled through Cambrai before heading into the Barossa and down through Gawler.
They joined up with other riders at the Nuriootpa and Two Wells RSL venues where services were held to remember people from the armed forces who chose to end their lives as a result of their experiences during service.
The riders were farewelled and sent on their journey at Mannum by Kelly Kuhn, the deputy mayor of the Mid Murray Council, Janet Kuys, the event co-ordinator and Trevor Smith, both members of Silent Ripples Inc.
By the time the event arrived at the Royal Adelaide show, the number of riders had increased to in excess of 250, with the local Longriders Christian motorcycle club providing the logistical support throughout the journey.
Silent Ripples Inc. offers bereavement support for families dealing with the impact of suicide across the Murraylands.
Since its establishment six years ago, the group have added thirty six names to its memorial garden.
- For more information about the group, head to www.silentripples.net/