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This one’s for ‘Quinny’

Saturday, 9th January, 2021

From left: Kayle Grossi, Jim Hocking, Nick Mann, Alex Johnson and Kevin Quinn are a few of the riders taking part in the ‘Ride for Quinny’ next weekend and who participated in a practice and preparation ride yesterday. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson From left: Kayle Grossi, Jim Hocking, Nick Mann, Alex Johnson and Kevin Quinn are a few of the riders taking part in the ‘Ride for Quinny’ next weekend and who participated in a practice and preparation ride yesterday. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

A group of over thirty locals will put their bikes to bitumen next weekend in an effort to raise funds and awareness for men’s mental health. 

The ‘Ride for Quinny’, in honour of Bayden Quinn who committed suicide last year, will take place on Saturday, January 16, with 35 riders completing a long-haul ride of either 100, 50 or 15 kilometres. 

Ride co-organiser Nick Mann said he was inspired by Jordan Gilby and Steve Radford’s efforts last year to raise money for men’s mental health.

“I’m not very good at running and I didn’t want to dress in drag but I can ride a push bike half decently; so, pretty much I felt like I had to do something for the cause and just chose the bike,” Nick said. 

“Initially I was going to do it by myself but the more people I spoke to wanted get involved or do it as well, so it just kind of snowballed. “It’s a lot easier to ride in a group than by yourself. 

“There are three different distances - 100 kilometres, 50km and 15km - so the 100 kilometre guys and girls will meet up at Pots and Plants at 5.30am for a 6am departure and we’ll head up the Tibooburra Road about 50 kilometres and once we get to the 50 we’re hoping to time it so that the 50 kilometre people will meet us at the 50 mark essentially and we’ll all ride back in together,” he said. 

“Then we’ll pick up the 15 kilometre people at the creek, there’s maybe only two or three doing the 15 and only a couple doing the 50 - so a majority of the people are going to do the 100.”

He hopes lots of people will meet them at their finish line at the Memorial Oval, as they hope to arrive there at 11.30am. 

“We’re hoping to set up a big finish line at the Memorial Oval and there’s going to be a barbecue and the RFDS are bringing their coffee van for free coffee. 

“We’re hoping to get a lot of people there. 

“I think it’s important because right now mental health is huge. 

“With COVID and people losing their jobs and all that sort of stuff it’s pretty well perfect timing for boosting men’s mental health and just mental health in general, so that’s why I’m doing it.”

Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast Operations Manager Marisa Pickett said it was important to raise awareness for men’s mental health. 

“It came largely from Nick (Mann) whose brother-in-law Bayden (Quinn) committed suicide last year, and he wanted to do something and he said there’s one thing I can do, I can ride a bike... so that’s how he wanted to contribute.”

“I think it’s really important, this was kick-started last year with Steve Radford doing the drag queen walk to raise awareness for men’s mental health, then Jordan Gilby continuing on with it, and now Nick is continuing it again.”

“Seven out of eight suicides are male, which is a really scary statistic when you think about it.

“We all know that men don’t really talk about their feelings as much, so this is raising awareness, trying to hit the mark and find ways that men will actually open up to each other.”

The best way for the community to get involved with this ‘Ride for Quinny’ is to donate through the fundraiser on Facebook. 

To find the fundraising page, type #RideforQuinny in the Facebook search bar, which will then bring up the fundraising page with a donate button for people to contribute. 

One hundred per cent of the profits from the event go to Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast. 

 

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