Cyclone postpones show and shine

A forecast cyclone over Queensland has dampened a scheduled Show and Shine at Mt Mee’s Pitstop Cafe and forced it to be postponed to May 6, 2017.

The event is part of Sandra Moran’s quest to raise funds and awareness for depression after her son, Jaie, took his life in 2014.

She set off to ride around Australia in 2015 to raise awareness for depression, but an accident in Western Australia halted her ride, called Jaie’s Journey.

Now Sandra continues to raise funds and awareness for depression and mental health.

The show and shine was to be held on April 1, 2017, the third anniversary of Jaie’s suicide. However, it has now been postponed because of the forecast cyclone.

“The past few cyclones have wreaked havoc with flooding over Queensland the past few years,” the website says.

“Safety is a major concern for us and we need to take into account the possible weather for the day.”

Motorcycle-friendly Pitstop Cafe on Mt Mee sandra Moran
Motorcycle-friendly Pitstop Cafe on Mt Mee

The show will run all day from 7:30am to 4pm at the cafe at 2070 Mount Mee Road.

It’s free for spectators, but entrants will pay a fee of $40 to enter as many categories as you like.

If you are interested in entering your bike or wish to provide other support on the day, please contact the organisers via email or see Michelle at the cafe.

Registration forms and payment must be completed by March 24 to be eligible, so you can register on the day.

To register your bike, pick up a form from the Pitstop or email Sandra.

All proceeds will be donated directly to Jaie’s Journey Inc. (IA55787) helping to break the stigma of suicide.

Jaie and daughter Poppy sandra moran
Jaie and daughter Poppy

Sandra’s mission

Jaies Journey was created to help remove the stigma and mystery surrounding mental health illnesses and also the taboo subject of suicide.

“We are here also to provide support, whenever possible, for those bereaved by suicide of a loved one,” their official website says.

In 2015, there were 3027 suicides or 8.3 deaths per day. It’s more than the combined total of road toll and deaths from skin cancer.

Three out of every four suicides is by a male and Aboriginal and Torres Strait slanders are twice as likely to commit suicide.

The Royal Flying Doctors Service figures show males in remote areas have a 1.8% higher risk of suicide and in very remote areas it rises to 2.9%.

  • If you, a friend or family member is struggling with depression or mental illness, please contact Lifeline counselling on 13 11 14.