From the outside it might look like just another bike show, but this Saturday’s Leeton Harley and Bike Muster is a fun day with a serious message.
Now in its fourth year, the event aims to raise awareness about the importance of mental health, especially in regional and rural communities.
Event organiser Pat Vecchie says mental illness can affect anyone.
Mental health isn’t something that needs to be hidden and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.Pat Vecchie
“Some of us have been through it. Some of us know someone who has been through it… it’s about breaking down the stigma,” he said.
“Mental health isn’t something that needs to be hidden and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
Proceeds from the event will go toward assisting in the development of an educational DVD, funding for a mental health training course and Rural Outreach Counselling.
“It’s not just a bike event. We’re just using the bikes as an attraction and a way to raise awareness.”
The day will feature live music, bike and car show and shines, bike gymkhana and a ladies tent that can be booked through the event’s Facebook page.
The Leeton Harley and Bike Muster will take place on Saturday November 11 at the Leeton Showground.