Tahmoor resident Gary Arnold is riding his motorbike to the middle of Australia for a good cause.
He will be leaving on Friday for the Black Dog Ride to Ayers Rock.
Mr Arnold will leave on his Suzuki Boulevard c50 bike from Bathurst to Dubbo, Cobar, Broken Hill, Barmera, Woomera and Marla finishing at Yulara, a distance of around 3200 kilometres.
Last year, Mr Arnold joined the national riders for a few days in the state rider leg.
Now he and 500 others will be riding the whole distance to the red centre, which takes a week each way.
Black Dog Ride began in 2009 and now motorcycle riders raise money and awareness of depression for the national suicide prevention charity.
‘‘I have had depression issues in the past and some people can’t sort it out,’’ he said.
Mr Arnold got involved in the ride because he said there are a lot of children and people out in the bush who are going through depression and some who commit suicide.
Mr Arnold is close to reaching his goal of $2000.