On June 21, 2015, thousands of Canadians from all walks of life will join the Ride Don’t Hide community bike event in support of mental health. This year marks the first event in Niagara.
What began as one man’s journey around the world has grown to a national movement to raise awareness and decrease stigma around mental illnesses that affect one in five Canadians – only a third of whom receive treatment. This year, CMHA is expecting more than 6,000 cyclists to ride for mental health in 28 communities across Canada, including the Niagara Region.
The event will be held at Niagara College, NOTL Campus and the routes will take riders through St. Catharines, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Thorold. There are two routes available so that riders of all ages and abilities can participate. This family-friendly event aims to bring the Niagara community together through physical health while raising awareness for positive mental health. Funds raised will support CMHA Niagara’s mental health services throughout the Niagara region.
“Ride Don’t Hide is a great opportunity to come together as a community to say that mental health is not only important, but that it’s also okay to talk about,” says George Kurzawa, Executive Director of CMHA Niagara. “We are so thankful for the support from the community and are looking forward to an inspiring day on June 21.”
Ride Don’t Hide is open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Registration is $35 for youth and adults, and free for children 12 and under. If you aren’t able to cycle on the event day, you can register as a virtual ride to help support CMHA Niagara. Register and donate online at www.ridedonthide.com.
About Ride Don’t Hide
On June 21, 2015 thousands of Canadians will get on their bikes and cycle together for mental health at Ride Don’t Hide. The Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) annual cycling fundraiser brings together Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life to help break the stigma and raise funds to improve mental health in their community. The Ride Don’t Hide movement began with Michael Schratter, a Vancouver teacher living with bipolar disorder, who spent almost a year and a half cycling 40,000 km around the globe. Armed with only his bike, a knapsack and the determination to realize his dream of raising awareness and empowering people experiencing mental illness, his story inspired millions and raised $100,000 for CMHA BC. Join the movement and get information about your community ride at ridedonthide.com.
About the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Canadian Mental Health Association is one of Canada’s oldest and most established national mental health charities. CMHA Niagara has been in operation since 1966, providing services to help those throughout the Niagara Region to reach their short- and long-term mental health goals. For more information about who we are, and what we do, please visit our website www.cmhaniagara.ca or call us at 905-641-5222.
When: Sunday June 21st
Where: Niagara College, NOTL Campus
How: Register to ride/donate at http://ridedonthide.com/on/ride/niagara/