Inspired to make a difference to mental health in regional Queensland.
MISSION & HISTORY.
RideWest is inspired to make a difference to mental health for regional Queenslanders. By raising vital funds and awareness of the need for more mental health support programs for people living in regional areas.
RideWest is a 1,311km biennial bike ride from Brisbane to Longreach raising money for mental health support programs for regional Queenslanders.
Over the last 12 years, the ride has raised over $1,400,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service so that they can deliver their Wellbeing Out West program.
In early 2017 the Royal Flying Doctor Service released a research paper entitled “Mental Health in Rural and Remote Communities”. This new research reveals remote Australians die on average from suicide at twice the rate of city people, yet are only able to access mental health services at a fifth of the rate of city people. It also identifies farmers as among the most at risk of suicide.
The ride is a challenge. It is about digging deep, working as a team and reaching out to support each other. The ride is 1,311kms across 8 days. In a peleton, this equates to about 6 - 8 hours riding every day.
Travelling from Brisbane to Longreach through terrain that personifies outback Queensland, stopping in remote local towns, it brings the RideWest team into the heart of regional Queensland where we are embraced by the community culture.