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:: Spotlight :: Rock 'N' Ride for headspace - National Youth Mental Health Foundation

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Legendary homegrown rocker and Grinspoon frontman, Phil Jamieson will be leading the “Get Him to the Greek” style adventure, riding from his Big Day Out set at Gold Coast to his set at the Adelaide Big Day Out, a race through 4 states over 5 grueling days all in the name of raising awareness for headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

“Over the 21 years of Big Day Out we have seen hundreds of thousands of young Australians from 15 years and older and many musicians and artists grow up and get through a variety of personal challenges, as we all do in life. It is important that we continue to remind young Australians that there is always support and that its important and OK to talk about mental health, we hope the Rock ‘N’ Ride is start of a great enduring partnership between headspace and Big Day Out to keep youth mental health at the top of everyone's agenda.” - Big Day Out CEO and RNR founder, Adam Zammit

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.

“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

Jamieson will be joined by up to 10 musicians and media personalities, including co-founder of Rock ‘N’ Ride CEO of Big Day Out, Adam Zammit, Jamieson's wife, Julie, and mates Chris Joannou (Silverchair), Jake Stone (Bluejuice), Paul Mac (Musician/Producer on Big Day Out lineup), Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta Eels and Australian Rugby League legend), Kate Peck (MTV Presenter) and Steve Andrews (Black Dog Ride) leading the whole ride in a mammoth 5 days of music and motor biking largess. Made possible by Valvoline who will be ensuring their engines and efforts will be well oiled.

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 and 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. To ensure that all riders get to each town stop on time and most importantly in time for Phil's Grinspoon performance, they will be keeping time on their Ice-Watch watches.

Motorola who have also continued their support of Big Day Out will be helping riders stay in touch with their fans and media along the ride. Motorola will be providing their latest 4G Motorola RAZR handsets to the riders allowing them to update the RNR website and facebook throughout the journey.

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