THIS Sunday more than 200 motorbike enthusiasts from Mackay will meet for a cause close to their hearts and minds.

Every year, the riders and their pillions take to the road to show solidarity, commitment and camaraderie to those dealing with the impact of mental health issues.

The Black Dog One Dayer isn't exclusive to Mackay and more than 9000 riders around Australia leave from 44 different locations to bring awareness and start difficult discussions around suicide.

Black Dog Riders (front) Christeen Werner, Colin Grant (front right), Nadine Mahomet, Bruce Crowther (middle back) and Rick Cameron (left) are all passionate participants of the Black Dog One Dayer and want to raise awareness of suicide and mental health in their community.
Black Dog Riders (front) Christeen Werner, Colin Grant (front right), Nadine Mahomet, Bruce Crowther (middle back) and Rick Cameron (left) are all passionate participants of the Black Dog One Dayer and want to raise awareness of suicide and mental health in their community.

Bruce Crowther, the assistant ride co-ordinator in Mackay, has been involved with the event for four years.
Mr Crowther said the event meant a lot to him and it was about more than just raising money for a good cause.

"I got involved to try and help raise awareness of suicide and depression and get people talking about it," he said.

"Too many people are taking the permanent solution to their temporary problems here in Mackay."

The ride leaves from Bunnings at 9am after a sausage sizzle breakfast during registration.

"It cost $30 for each rider to participate, and that money has been donated to Run 4 Mi Life or Lifeline in the past," Mr Crowther said.

Fundraising officer Joanne Thomson shed a tear as she remembered what motivated her to get involved with the Black Dog group and the one day ride.

"I lost my beautiful son in 2010. I just do it in his memory, and I hope that I can make a difference in someone else's life," she said.

"It is amazing how many people come up and say thank you, even just to be able to talk about it because they know what we are doing."

In previous years the group has raised more than $17,000 and hope this year they can add to that total.

But like many people involved in the event, for Mrs Thomson it's about more than the money.

"If I didn't sell one raffle ticket, but if I helped someone who came up to me and they were suffering I would be happy with that," she said.

The event leaves from Bunnings at 9.30am.

The group then meets again at the General Gordon Hotel in Homebush, before heading back to the Aero Club at 12.30pm for a lunch supplied by the British Motorcycle Owners Association.