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What is Ride Don’t Hide?
The largest mental health bike ride in Canada, Ride Don’t Hide raises much-needed funds for a variety of community mental health programs and services, and helps to eliminate the stigma of mental illness by inviting participants to “ride in plain sight.”
“Accepting, understanding and talking about mental illness can help alleviate the pain of stigma and stereotypes,” says Dr. Patrick Smith, national CEO, CMHA. “In order to thrive in life, we all need to feel hope, build resilience and a strong sense of connection and belonging, which the community spirit around Ride Don’t Hide really fosters. Thank you for your incredible support.”
The annual ride creates a safe, open community where individuals can talk about their mental health free of judgment.
On Sunday, June 24 nearly 200 Niagara residents joined thousands of Canadians for our 4th annual Ride Don’t Hide event in Niagara. While we were forced to cancel the “ride” portion of our site’s ride due to safety concerns related to the weather, we were inspired to see more than 80% of our registrants show up to brave the miserable weather together. Seeing so many people at Brock University the morning of the event speaks volumes about the resilience and strength of this incredible mental health community we’re building together.
While we weren’t able to hit the road, we DID reach our $25,000 goal thanks to the incredible work of our truly dedicated fundraisers this year. Thanks to the support of our donors, participants, and sponsors we are better able to support the more than 4000 Niagara residents who access our crisis services throughout the year.
THANK YOU to all of our registered participants, donors, staff, volunteers, and sponsors who made our Ride Don’t Hide event possible. And of course, a massive thank you goes out to our RDH Committee who worked tirelessly for several months to plan this event. None of this would have been possible without their hard work and dedication.
Check out our local Ride Don’t Hide 2018 sponsors below:
Thank you, Niagara!
On Sunday, June 25 we hosted our third annual Ride Don’t Hide along with 31 other communities in six provinces across the country. 177 riders joined us at Brock University to help break the stigma around mental health issues one pedal at a time. Together we not only raised critical awareness in our community but also managed to reach our $30,000 goal! Thanks to the generosity of 364 donors and the support of our local sponsors we have raised essential funds that will help support the programs and services we offer in Niagara.
For the full press release, visit our blog here: RDH Press Release.
Thank you, Niagara!
On Sunday, June 26 we hosted our second annual Ride Don’t Hide along with 28 other communities in five provinces across the country. 160 riders joined us at Brock University to help break the stigma around mental health issues one pedal at a time. Together we not only raised critical awareness in our community but also managed to reach our $25,000 goal! Thanks to the generosity of 352 local donors and the support of our local sponsors CAA Niagara, Freedom 55 Financial, and Brock University, we have raised essential funds that will help support the programs and services we offer in Niagara.
What is Ride Don’t Hide?
Ride Don’t Hide is a community bike ride hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), with the goal to raise awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental illness while raising essential funds to support mental health programs.
This year’s event started and ended at Brock University. There were three routes available:
- 5km – (11:00am start time)
Looking for a leisurely stroll by yourself, with friends, or family? This route is entirely on Brock property and is perfect if you have smaller children or enjoy a light ride! Don’t have a bike? You’re welcome to walk, run, or take a stroll on roller blades on this route, too!
- 15km – (10:45am start time)
This route is great for families and riders who don’t mind a challenge involving some elevated terrain. Departing from Brock’s campus, this scenic route travels down Thorold and Pelham roads, turning at Howell’s Pumpkin Farm back to Brock.
- 35km – (10:30am start time)
This beautiful scenic route extending into the town of Pelham is suited for more avid cyclists. Travelling the same roads as the 15km in the first half of the ride, this route extends further into rural Pelham before looping back to Brock.
- RIDER SAFETY: All riders must wear helmets and have bikes equipped with bells.