Great Scotts face black dog

Busselton Dunsborough Times

A Busselton family are mixing their love of motorbikes with raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention when they take to the road this weekend.

Claire Scott, her husband Paul and their 11-year-old son Rhys are all taking part in the Black Dog National 1 Day Ride on Sunday.

The nationwide event has 17 legs taking place simultaneously across Australia to raise funds for Lifeline.

Claire and Paul took part last year, but this is the first time Rhys has joined in.

“When Rhys heard Paul and I were doing it again this year he just said he was coming too and that was that,” Mrs Scott said.

“He loves being on the back of our bikes and he’s really excited about the ride.”

Last year’s Black Dog Ride saw more than 2000 riders participate – a record the organisers hope to break this year.

The South West route starts from Dardanup Hall and winds its way through the Ferguson Valley, stopping in Nannup for a coffee and mental health expo before ending at The Goose Café in Busselton.

Mrs Scott said she and her husband were motivated to take part in the ride as they had both battled depression for a number of years.

“It’s such a worthy cause. I hope the weather stays dry so we can raise even more money. Last year it bucketed it down.”

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