Why We Ride
The impact Mental illness continues to grow as a major contributor to impacts to the health sector in Australia and worldwide. In Australia we experience the following:
- 3027 people died by suicide in 2015, up from 2864 in 2014
- A further 65,000 attempt suicide each year
- Men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women
- Suicide rate now the highest it has been for ten years
The latest ABS statistics show us that suicide is still the main cause of death amongst Australians aged between 15-44. This is despite increased investment and significantly increased awareness over the past decade.
TourXOz supports The Black Dog Institute (BDI), BDI is a not-for-profit organisation and world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.
TourXOz is a cycling event that was designed to build on the pioneering element of Australian culture and create life changing experiences. Cycling through the wilderness of Australia highlights the culture of exploration, isolation, hardship and the value and importance of mateship. Through the ride it raises awareness of mental health illnesses, raises funds through activities, engages with communities at home and on tour and lives BDI’s motto of “exercise your mood”.
TourXOz in 2017
The 2017 event will take 80 riders, 30 support crew and 15 vehicles from Perth to Broome shadowing the WA coastline and visiting iconic locations that include – Perth, Geraldton, Carnarvon, Monkey Mia, Coral Bay, Karratha, Port Hedland and Broome. Taking 8 days to cover the 2,500kms riders will spend 6 hours a day riding a specified 150kms, the additional distance will be covered by Coaches and vehicles moving the caravan around the perimeter of Australia.
TourXOz has raised in excess of $500,000 for BDI over the previous 2 rides. We aim to raise an additional $400,000 in 2017. Along with vital fund raising the event educates riders, families, friends and communities of the importance to seek help in maintaining mental wellness.