Published: 23 August 2015

The Sunday Examiner: Cadart's life comes full cycle in ride

Article appeared on Sunday 23rd August by Emily Baker of the Examiner.

By Emily Baker

FORMER mayor Bertrand Cadart arrived in Australia on a motorcycle so it made sense, he said, tro try and find hispersonal salvation riding one to the nations centre.

The Glamorgan-spring Bay councillor left Campbel Town for Uluru on August 14 to raise funds and awareness for mental health initiatives.

The Black Dog Ride motorcade, including 11 Tasmanians, arrived in the Red Centre on Friday.

Cr Cadart said the team battled cold, fog, rain, wind, head, and a number of incidents along the way, and listed the challenge as one of the most gruelling rides he had been on since first riding a motorbike aged 13.

But Cr Cadard said the Black Dog Ride was a final piece in the jugsaw his life had become since 2014.

Last year, Cr Cadart battled with the fallout from comments made in a national magazine that some saw as an attack on Tamania and its people.

Already he had been unsuccessful in his bid for State Parliament but he subsequently lost his position as Glamorgan-Spring Bay Mayor in the local government election.

His partner was diagnosed with a serious medical condition and his dog, who he loved "almost as a divinity", later died.

The string of tragedies led to what Cr Cadart had described as circumstantial depression.

The personal experience and knowledge that many people he knew had been affected by mental illness inspired Cr Cadart to undertake the kilometres-long journed in which he raised $13,000.

"It certainly has not been a Sunday rid, that's for sure," he said.

"People donate money to the Black Dog Foundation and Lifeline not because we went for a stroll but because we take an enormous challenge."

The Black dog Ride will finish on Sunday morning with participates extended a rare invitation to breakfast with an indigenous community.

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