Tuesday, April 24 marked the two month countdown to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ride Don’t Hide event. Community dignitaries gathered at the Lively Athletic Centre to participate in a spin class to raise funds for the cause. Participants were nominated by their workplaces to raise funds leading up to Tuesday’s ride in hopes of building community momentum for the big day in June. Together, riders raised over $3,500 for the local CMHA.
“We are thrilled to be heading into our fourth annual event. Ride Don’t Hide continues to grow in communities across the country and more specifically, here in Sudbury.” says Emily Zanini, Health Promotion Educator with CMHA. “This year’s event is going to look a lot different than previous years as we’ve added a walk/run component in addition to the cycling option. We are encouraging members of general public to come out and support mental health awareness in our community.”
“When we were contacted by CMHA to host this event we were eager to help out. It’s a cause that is near to our hearts as we have staff that have experienced loss by suicide.” expressed Michelle Munro, Personal Trainer and Healthy Eating Coach at the Lively Athletic Centre. “A big thanks to all participants for their fundraising efforts in such a worthy cause. We hope to continue working with CMHA to bring more awareness to mental health issues in our local community.”
Registration for the event is now live, and all proceeds from registrations and pledges collected will be donated to the CMHA Sudbury/Manitoulin Branch. The ride will be hosted at Science North on Sunday, June 24. Participants under the age of 12 are free and the event is family and pet friendly.
For more information on getting involved in this fundraising event, please visit http://ridedonthide.com/on/ride/sudbury/ or follow CMHA Sudbury/Manitoulin on Facebook and Twitter.