The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has been on the frontlines of mental health in Canada for 100 years. Their mission is to promote mental health for all and offer support and recovery for those struggling with mental illness. The CMHA specializes in advocacy, education, research and service with a focus on community needs and delivering support services.
One of the CMHA’s major accomplishments is the Ride Don’t Hide event. This year will mark the sixth installment of the popular event in Prince George. Ride Don’t Hide is a bike ride that begins at CN Centre. Riders can choose from 6km, 15km, 30km or 50km rides. The longer rides involve steeper hills and offer a greater challenge for more advanced bike riders. The event is family friendly and will feature a variety of kid zone activities. Other features include a health fair, the RCMP Register-a-Bike Program, guest speakers, and a BBQ by donation. All funding raised in Prince George remains in Prince George so residents can take pride knowing that every dollar donated really makes a difference in the community. This year’s event will take place on June 24th, 2018.
The Ride Don't Hide movement began in 2010 as Michael Schratter, a Vancouver teacher and newspaper columnist, embarked on a global journey to cycle 40,000 kilometers. He crossed six continents and 33 countries to raise funds for CMHA BC Division. Michael set out to share stories with people all over the world and bring attention to the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Over 30 communities are participating in this year’s ride. Last year Ride Don’t Hide raised 1.6 million dollars nationwide. Participants are encouraged to register in advance so don’t hesitate! Visit www.ridedonthide.com/bc/ride/prince-george/ today
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