NEWMARKET -- An enthusiastic group gathered at Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket on June 25 to participate in the annual ‘Ride Don’t Hide’ event to raise funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) York-Simcoe.
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The Ride Don’t Hide movement began on Aug. 1, 2010, Michael Schratter, a Vancouver teacher and newspaper columnist, embarked on a global journey to cycle 40,000 km, crossing six continents and 33 countries to raise funds for the CMHA.
Schratter’s mission was to bring attention and awareness to the stigma surrounding mental illness.
In 2014, the journey of crossing the country with 3600 participants in four provinces, riding in 20 communities began.
Now in 2017, Ride Don’t Hide has become a national flagship program for CMHA across Canada.
The aim is to grow and have 10,000 participants ride in over 35 communities, across eight provinces.
Depending on each persons’ stamina, they could go on a 5K, 20K, or 60K ride. For those who aren’t bikers, they could do the 5K walk or run instead.
One rider, Judy Brunton, raised over $20,000 for CMHA.
A team, calling themselves “The Bipolar Express” raised over $27,000 collectively.
Samross Thorg & Andrea Farias are part of an over 15 member team representing Maxtech Robotics. They participate in many community events to get word out about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), a group made up of boys and girls who are passionate about technology.
Some of the money raised will be used to fund MOBYSS, a traveling youth walk-in clinic.
Over 750 cyclists participated in the Greater Toronto Ride this year.
Lynn Rae is a reporter and columnist with the Torch Online Media, as well as a freelance writer and keynote speaker. Visit her personal website at www.myjourneybacktomyself.ca