HELL RIDE 2019
“Hi, my name is Roger and this is Rosie. On September 15 2019, we will embark on a 24,000 km journey around Australia, on my motorcycle. Crazy? Maybe. Hell? I’ve already been there, and live it every day.”
“But thanks to PTSD Dogs Australia and my dog Rosie, my life has a purpose again. Now we help others break through the overwhelming feeling of being worthless and alone. We hear so many stories of young kids returning from active service, and our
first responders not receiving the support they need. Struggling in silence until they take their own lives out of frustration or because they just can’t cope with the torment of PTSD. This senseless waste just has to stop”
“That’s why Rosie and I are going to ride around Australia. To raise awareness, to be a voice for those who are too isolated to speak, and to raise funds to help supply Assistance Dogs to our people in need. Because you never ride alone when you have a trained PTSD Assistance Dog by your side.”
Medically discharged from the RAAF in 1988, now aged 65, Roger has PTSD, a total knee replacement, and major spinal reconstruction to enable him to walk again.
Unwanted by her previous owner, Rosie the Labradoodle (Labrador / Poodle cross) has been custom trained to assist Roger physically and emotionally, and loves her new life by Roger’s side as a licensed PTSD Service Dog.
How can you help?
Spread the Word
- Do you have a network of people you can share this message with?
- How many people do you know of that have been impacted by PTSD?
- Who else do you know that might like to help?
- It’s a long way – we’re encouraging local motorcycle, bicycle, and car enthusiasts to join Roger on their local legs of his journey. Interested? Contact Roger for details.
Contribute or Raise Funds
- Would you like to raise funds, and help train a service dog for an affected ADF or First Responder?
- Maybe you could host a fundraising event, for Roger and Rosie to attend on their travels?
- Is your business or organisation interested in sponsorship?
- Contact Roger for information.
Where can I see Roger and Rosie?
The exact route is still under construction, and is expected to remain dynamic and flexible to accommodate conditions such as weather and roadworks. This info will be kept up to date on this website.
Key milestones include:
Burke & Wills Roadhouse
Western Suburbs Sydney
Tindal (RAAF Base)?
Daly Waters Pub
Sunshine Coast – Ride Completed
This List is not extensive and we can stop at other towns along the way if there is enough interest.
Dates will be dependent on how many stops we are making (between towns)
The aim is to travel between 400 and 600klm per day although there will be a few days which will be further due to distance between towns.
SUPPORTING OUR FIRST RESPONDERS
PTSD Dogs Australia is a Not for Profit Charity, solely dedicated to the rescuing, re-homing and training of suitable displaced or unwanted dogs to support and assist our ADF and First Responders.
Supporting both current and retired Fire, Police & Ambulance members, Australian Defence Force (A.D.F) Air Force, Army & Navy personal, living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Service dogs give their handler a reason to get out of bed every morning, they rely on the bond that develops between them just as the mateship within the military and first responders which says, “It’s okay, I’ve got your back”. We help each other get through each day, even the tough days.
Like all assistance dogs, a PTSD service dog is individually trained to do work or perform tasks that mitigate their handler’s disability. Training may include providing environmental assessment, signalling behaviours such as reminding the handler to take medication, and guiding the handler away from stressful situations.
Our dogs come from pounds, shelters and rescue groups. They are custom trained to unleash their full potential as a life enhancing assistance dog.
Our clients include all Australian First Responders – Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Paramedics and Military Personnel – who through their work environments have developed PTSD
We are a Not for Profit funded by charitable giving. Our services are totally free to our clients and we supply Life time support to each PTSD Assistance Dog and its handler.
How will PTSD Dogs Australia use your contribution?
Notwithstanding any travel expenses, all contributions are donated directly to PTSD Dogs Australia Ltd.
These funds will assist with the purchase of property and establishing training facilities for the re-housing dogs rescued from refuges. They will then be custom trained to become life supporting assistance dogs. These highly specialised assistance dogs, once trained and certified, are to be donated to first responders and military personnel diagnosed with PTSD associated with their service to Australia and our community.
Acquiring and training a service dog is a complex and involved task that requires highly skilled trainers and takes a minimum of 6 months intensive training. To train each dog to be an assistance dog varies between $35,000 and $40,000.
All current staff and directors contribute their time on a volunteer basis and at this stage no government funding is received.
Through this programme, we expect to be able to return some normality to the lives of the people who have given so much in the past and hopefully keep the handler well, letting them connect with their loved ones, preventing loss of life.
The social benefits these dogs provide are immense, families are able to function again, some individuals may even return to work helping to stimulate the economy through economic and social interaction, many spread the word of hope and encouragement as well as assist in educating the public of this very serious condition