Well, here goes nothing!

Hey guys!

Welcome! My name is Jodie and together with my horse Clarkie, I’m going to be riding 5,330km (3,330mi) up the East Coast of Australia from Healesville to Cooktown to raise awareness for depression.

Unfortunately nowadays, it seems to be rare for someone not to have been touched by depression, at least indirectly if not directly. I fall into that category. Recently, I have lost some people that I never thought I would have to say goodbye to, which has inspired me to get up and do something to try and change the way that we view depression.

Despite the huge number of people that depression has affected, it still seems to be something that we feel really uncomfortable talking about or acknowledging. I get it. It's never easy to admit out loud that you're not ok. Therefore, Clarkie and I are going to try and get that conversation started wherever we go - and we want your input!

This is going to be a team effort, and I will definitely be needing every one of you to join me in getting the conversation started. You are all going to be my voices, and for that, Clarkie and I would like to say thank you in advance for all of your help! We've found some new hashtags that you can all utilise as your own (impressive, I know!), so whenever you talk about depression, feel free to tag us as well as #canterforchange and #greengoldandblues

In order to connect with as many of you as we can, we’re going to be stopping off at a bunch of places throughout the 12 months that we are expecting to be on the trail. We cannot wait to connect with as many of you as possible, so keep an eye out for our schedule (coming soon!)

In the meantime, we have a whole heap of planning to do before we leave and would love you to follow along while we get ready for this massive trip (and whilst we’re on the trail!). I promise to share both the good times and the less than ideal times – I’m predicting that there is going to be a lot of both!

The next year is going to be an extended prologue to what will hopefully be a life-changing journey, not only for us, but for all of you that we get to meet and that will be following us. I can’t wait to share this journey with you all, and cannot wait to hear about the conversations you all have!

Love and hoofbeats,
Jodie and Clarkie