Eyre Peninsula locals riding to the red centre

Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre SA coordinator and rider leader Paul Whittenbury, Linda Bick from Port Lincoln and Brett Habermann from Wudinna headed off for Alice Springs from the Port Lincoln foreshore on Tuesday morning.
Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre SA coordinator and rider leader Paul Whittenbury, Linda Bick from Port Lincoln and Brett Habermann from Wudinna headed off for Alice Springs from the Port Lincoln foreshore on Tuesday morning.

THE Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre to help raise money and awareness for depression stopped over in Port Lincoln this week.

Several locals are taking part in the ride, including Port Lincoln's Linda Bick.

Wudinna's Brett Habermann's personal experiences with depression is what fuelled his decision to take part in the ride.

Mr Habermann battled depression about 10 years ago and is taking part in the ride to help change people's ideas about depression.

"I managed to get out of it (depression) with support," he said.

"It's okay to talk about it, and the sooner people realise that the sooner they can get help, and life can get better for them."

Fellow Wudinna riders John and Vicki Coulls were rejoining the riders from Wudinna, after Mr Coulls' bike broke down at the start of the ride in Adelaide.

South Australian ride coordinator Paul Whittenbury said the ride was helping the riders as well as the cause.

"They're starting to open up and talk about their issues," he said.

"I can tell they're getting comfortable because they're starting to rib me every day.

"Everyone here has been affected by depression, either through their own experience or someone they know.

"Everyone here's got the cause front and centre.

"We're all in it together, for the same reason."

The riders had battled through some bad weather and were looking forward to improving conditions.

"The weather has forced us to hone our skills, because we've had no choice.

"We all stick together and ride as one big group."

There was a good turnout at the Hotel Boston dinner on Monday night, with locals chatting to the riders and making donations.