The Black Dog Riders are set to become a common sight around the western Riverina as they complete the 'Magnificent Seven'.
The 2021 event will see the riders leave from Neville Place outside Griffith City Council chambers on Saturday, August 7 at 9am as they head towards Hay, Hell and Booligal before returning to the city.
Another six rides will see them arriving in towns including Darlington Point, Coleambally, West Wyalong, Barellan, Ardlethan, Hillston, Merriwagga, Temora, Coolamon, Ganmain, Junee, Ungarie, Urana, Lockhart, Boree Creek, Lake Cargelligo, Tullibigeal and Condobolin.
Before starting off their seven rides in seven days they stopped in at Whitton on Friday to draw the winners from a raffle which has been strongly supported by locals and visitors.
Black Dog Ride state co-ordinator Nerolie Falconer said 20 riders had registered to get behind the campaign around mental health.
Mrs Falconer said riders hailed from Griffith, Dubbo, Walgett, Moss Vale, Canberra and Wagga Wagga.
"We want to spread as much positivity as we can, that there is help out there," she said.
"We need to get rid of the stigma that has been around mental health for a long time."
She said the conversations Black Dog Riders had with people in the towns and communities they visited provided hope for people who may be struggling, or know someone who is.
After the first of their seven rides on Saturday - the Black Dog Riders will be leaving from the car park underneath the 'plane on a stick' on Banna Avenue.
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