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The Banish the Black Dog Charity Bike Ride is a relaxed cycling tour promoted by the Rotary Club of Townsville Central to raise awareness of mental health issues in their community, and to raise funds to aid research into the causes and treatments of mental health disorders. This year, the ride will cover 260km over 2 days.

The ride’s major donation recipient is Australian Rotary Health. They also support local initiatives in the treatment and support of those suffering mental illnesses.

Last year the ride raised $72,290, contributing to a total of $421,556 since 2009.