Next month, on June 25, Canadians from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia and from all walks of life will join the sixth annual Ride Don’t Hide bike ride to end the stigma around mental illness. This year CMHA is expecting more than 10,000 cyclists to ride and raise funds for mental health in 31 communities across Canada.
Ride Don’t Hide is the perfect opportunity for friends, families, colleagues and classmates to come together to fundraise, support one another and break down the stigma often associated with mental illness.
The Ride Don’t Hide movement began with Michael Schratter, a Vancouver school 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 those who experience mental illness, his story inspired millions of people and raised $100,000 for CMHA.
Now, the sixth annual Ride Don’t Hide community bike ride continues to inspire and aims to raise a record $1,700,000 across Canada.
Ride Don’t Hide is open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Individuals, families and teams can register online at www.ridedonthide.com.
And don’t worry if you don’t live close to one of the rides because you can Ride Don’t Hide Anywhere!
No bike? No problem!
Can’t ride, but still want to support Ride Don’t Hide? There are other ways to show your support:
- Register as a Virtual Rider—it’s free and allows you to set up a fundraising page even if you’re not able to join us your local event. Set your own goals and join the movement!
- Donate to Ride Don’t Hide—help us raise funds for mental health across Canada
- Volunteer at your local Ride Don’t Hide event
Visit www.ridedonthide.com to learn more!