Bendigo Bank branches and ‘Razor’ Ray Chamberlain get behind Griefline

The Razor Ride is a six-day, 850km bike ride around Victoria organised by the Chamberlain Foundation and supported by many of Bendigo Bank’s Community Bank® branches. The event raises money and awareness for GriefLine – Australia’s only dedicated loss and grief national telephone counselling service.

Notorious AFL Grand Final Umpire, Ray Chamberlain, will be joined by a team of 25 cyclists for the event. It has raised in excess of $150,000 for mental health services since its inception in 2016. And organisers aim to raise $100,000 for GriefLine this year.

For Ray Chamberlain, the bicycle ride and his commitment to GriefLine has grown over the past five years.

“My personal commitment to this cause was born from my own experiences and exposure to mental illness and its various guises. Over this last five years in particular, too many people close to me have fallen foul of the effects of mental illness,” he said.

A special addition to this years’ ride is Australian cycling legend Phil Anderson (the first non-European to wear the Tour de France’s yellow jersey), who will join Ray to lead this year’s Razor Ride peloton.

Bendigo Bank is a major supporter of GriefLine and the Razor Ride through the strong advocacy of the Murrumbeena Community Bank® Branch who have championed the cause for many years. Other Community Bank® branches and clusters are now also on board to support GriefLine’s important work in their communities.

Money raised this year will be used to fund GriefLine’s national phone and online counselling service. Their highly-regarded service receives direct calls from those affected by mental health, loss and grief as well as referrals from emergency services, Beyond Blue and Lifeline.

The Razor Ride starts on Monday 4 February from the Bendigo Bank branch (401 Sturt Street) in Ballarat. The cyclists will cross western and southern Victoria, the Mornington Peninsula, and Melbourne’s bayside suburbs before finishing in the Melbourne suburb of Black Rock on Saturday 9 February.

They will stop at Bendigo Bank branches in Dunkeld, Angelsea and Rye for receptions along the route.

“Our region’s Bendigo Bank branches are really delighted to support GriefLine, and the guys participating in the Razor Ride. GriefLine provides such an important counselling service, and we want it to continue to be available to people here in our communities who need that extra support in times of crisis,” said the bank’s Mornington Peninsula region spokesperson Alex Godfrey.

Last year, GriefLine:

  • received more than 12,000 calls to their Helpline (1300 845 745)
  • assisted and trained over 200 volunteers who provided 48,000 hours of service and support to those struggling with grief, loss, challenging mental health issues, domestic violence, isolation and distress.

GriefLine’s telephone counselling service is available on 1300 845 745 (midday–3am every day) or online at www.griefline.org.au.