In partnership with the Watheroo Development Association and the Watheroo Community, the Shire of Moora will play host to the Moora – Watheroo Gravel Grinder, an un-sealed road cycling event taking place between Moora and Watheroo on October 19.
The Watheroo Gravel Grind is a local initiative aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues in the region and promoting mental health and wellbeing through physical activity.
Replacing the Be Active Dirty Great Big Mountain Bike Challenge, the Watheroo Gravel Grinder will include the 13-off-100 Gravel Grind, the Be Active for Belly Laughs 57km Gravel Grind, and an 18km Grommet Grind for the juniors.
Community members, families, visitors, young and old are encouraged to take part either as an individual or as a team of four, join the pit crew volunteers, get your business involved as a sponsor or corporate team, or take on the all important task of spectator, however you choose to be involved, come and enjoy a few giggles with friends and a good feed at the gravel grinder finish line. Use a cyclo-cross bike, a throw some wider tyres on your roadie or pull out your mtb, it doesn’t matter.
The event is proudly sponsored by Wellard Group, One Life, Cunninghams, CBH Group, Cycles Bespoke, Topp Dogg Moora Sport, Water Corporation, Wheatbelt Primary Health Service, Watheroo Development Association, Healthway, Be Active, and the Shire of Moora.
A smorgasbord of mental health information will be available to spectators and participants alike, a brand new bike will be raffled, and thanks to One Life a high profile guest speaker will join the ride and provide valuable insight into their experience with mental health issues. Dep ression, anxiety, and many other mental health issues have a significant impact on many families and individuals within the Shire of Moora and surrounding districts, and often go undiagnosed and therefore untreated.
Depression is more than just a low mood it’s a serious illness and one of the most common of all mental health problems affecting more than one million men and women, and more than 100,000 young people across Australia. One in five females and one in eight males will experience depression at some stage of their lives.
With statistics like this chances are we all know someone who has been affected by mental illness.
The good news is that mental illness is treatable and preventable, and through partnering with One Life and Wheatbelt Primary Health Service the Watheroo Gravel Grinder aims to shout this message loud and clear across the wider Shire of Moora community.
With a range of activities, a good old fashioned ‘off the beaten track’ gravel grinder bike ride, plenty of laughs along the way, stacks of creativity competitions and bike art sculptures, a country style spit roast, some well-earned post event entertainment to follow at the Watheroo Station Tavern, and all for a worthy cause relevant to all of us in the Western Wheatbelt, this is one event not to be missed.
So save the date, grease the chain, pump the tyres and start pedaling in preparation for the Watheroo Gravel Grinder.
For more information or to find out how you can be involved contact the Shire of Moora on 96510000 or ‘like’ the Watheroo Gravel Grinder Facebook page.
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