Moonee Valley Leader – 08.09.16
Posted on March 9th, 2017
This article originally appeared on The Leader website on September 9, 2016.
Ex-AFL player Lance Picioane gears up for 332km bike ride to break down mental health stigma
CYCLISTS will hit the open road next month in a bid to pedal towards greater mental health awareness.
Ride With Me is a two-day event where participants cycle from St Kilda to Marysville and back.
All proceeds will go to Love Me Love You, a youth mental health foundation started by ex-AFL player Lance Picioane, which delivers talks and workshops to sporting clubs and schools across the state.
The Essendon man said it was about breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health.
He said having such an organisation around while he was battling depression would have been “unbelievable”.
“I know the devastating effect it (mental illness) can have on me … and also the devastating effect it can have on family and friends,” Picioane said.
Among the ambassadors of the 332km ride are five-time Olympian Shane Kelly, champion cyclists Troy Clarke and Andrew Stalder, and Tour de France rider Jonathan Cantwell.
Picioane said the event was a fantastic way to raise money and, “as challenging as the ride may be, it is nothing compared to living with mental illness”.
The ride leaves takes place from October 8-9.