From Masterchef to Motorcycles!

Masterchef Australia contestant Ben Bullock is about to embark on an adventure like no other - a food journey that will take him half way around the world on a Hunter motorcycle from Perth Western Australia to Perth, Scotland.

Ben's route takes him through Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, the Middle East and Europe, where he will be tasting, discovering and preparing all of the new and unique regional dishes that he comes across on his journey.

This is going to be a challenge, and that's where the important message behind this ride comes in. No challenge is too great - whatever life tosses up, you can make it through, and this 30,000km round-the-world motorbike ride to prove it.

Black Dog Ride from Perth to Perth with Masterchef's Ben BullockThis ride has developed out of some dark days that Ben was going through, feeling lost, disengaged and aimless and Ben wants to send a message and inspire people to go out "become involved" and "have a go". Being engaged and involved is one of the best ways to beat the black dog.

This journey is to send a message: if you have a dream, follow it. Pursue your passion. Have a go - nothing is impossible, and this solo motorbike food adventure around the world to prove it.

From Perth to Perth is an Australian Registered Charity partnering with Black Dog Ride, Lifeline WA, Mental Health Law Centre, and Beyond Blue.

All are invited to wave Ben off on his adventure on Saturday 2nd September in Mt Hawthorn WA, or even join him for parts of the journey. Download the Perth to Perth Info here and the Perth to Perth Itinerary here.

Depression and suicide are the taboo topic of politics and healthcare. There are more than twice as many suicides in Australia each year than there are road deaths - for every advertising campaign on speeding, we should see twice as many on depression.

It's time to start talking about it, and it's time to start helping each other.

One of the most important measures in combating depression and substance abuse is to find engagement, to find direction - to shake off the shackles of whatever is holding you back and do what truly makes you happy. It might be writing that book, taking that trip, joining that local knitting club.

We all have that one burning desire - that "what if". This is my "what if."

Ben Bullock