15-01-2013

Chris Joannou participates in Rock ‘N' Ride to raise awareness for headspace - National Youth Mental Health Foundation

Chris Joannou will be taking part in Rock 'N' Ride, riding his motorbike from the Big Day Out at the Gold Coast to the Adelaide Big Day Out, a race through 4 states over 5 gruelling days all in the name of raising awareness for headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

Grinspoon frontman, Phil Jamieson will be leading 'Rock 'N' Ride which is presented by the Big Day Out. Chris and Phil will be joined by up to10 musician and media personalities, including co-founder of Rock ‘N' Ride CEO of Big Day Out, Adam Zammit, Jamieson's wife, Julie, and mates Paul Mac (Musician/Producer on Big Day Out lineup), Jake Stone (Bluejuice), Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta Eels and Australian Rugby League legend), Kate Peck (MTV Presenter) and Steve Andrews (Black Dog Ride) in a mammoth 5 days of music and motor biking largess.

headspace provides young people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, bullying, drug and alcohol problems with support and services across Australia. The Rock ‘N' Ride group will be stopping into headspace centres in QLD, NSW, VIC and SA regional towns.

During the town stops the Rock ‘N' Ride riders will meet and greet the local community, media and youths of  headspace joining them for lunch, autograph signing, photo opportunities, acoustic performances from Phil Jamieson, Paul Mac and Chris Joannou plus other giveaways. The riders will also be talking to the local community and media about headspace and how important their centres are to the local youth and their families.

"Every year we get involved with Big Day Out festivals across the country and this year we're excited to take this partnership to another level. Rock ‘N' Ride gives us the chance to engage regional young people in their communities and at headspace centres to create awareness of the mental health issues young people face and where they can go to get support." -  headspace CEO, Chris Tanti.

ITINERARY
Sunday 20th January: Gold Coast Big Day Out ~ Rock ‘N' Ride departure
Monday 21st January: headspace centre, Warwick ~ Connabarabran - live performance
Tuesday 22nd January: headspace centre, Bathurst ~ Headspace centre, Wagga Wagga
Wednesday 23rd January: headspace centre, Bendigo ~ Swan Hill - live performance
Thursday 24th January: headspace centre, Berri  ~ Headspace centre, Murray Bridge
Friday 25th January: Adelaide Big Day Out ~ arrival into show grounds

For further information on headspace or Rock 'N' Ride visit www.headspace.org.au