Vernon’s inaugural Ride Don’t Hide was a huge success.
A total of 107 cyclists raised $10,000 for the Canadian Mental Health Association while also generating awareness about mental health issues.
“It was truly inspiring to see so many people come out to support their family members, friends, coworkers, neighbours – anyone living with mental illness, and families enjoying a ride together while supporting the cause,” said Sandy Rysen, executive director of CMHA’s Vernon branch.
Sponsors included Shoppers Drug Mart, the Vernon Teacher’s Association, Prospera Credit Union, Inspiration Homes, Tolko, Watkin Motors, M & K Ready Mix, Gumtree Catering, Cooper’s Foods, Tim Hortons, Coldstream Video and Sysco.
The event was based on former Vernon resident Michael Schratter’s bicycle ride around the world to raise awareness about the stigma of mental illness
Ride Don’t Hide events were held in 13 B.C. communities and in York, Ont. Combined, they raised more than $400,000.
The money will go toward programs to support mental health for women and families, including a course that helps new mothers cope with the stress and anxiety that can follow childbirth.
CMHA is still accepting donations at www.ridedonthide.com or through the local branch at 250-542-3114.