Staff from Shoppers Drug Mart

Staff from Shoppers Drug Mart

Ride Don’t Hide for CMHA this June 23

On June 23 cyclists in 14 communities in B.C. will come together to ‘Ride Don’t Hide.’

On June 23 cyclists in 14 communities in B.C. will come together to ‘Ride Don’t Hide.’

Inspired by Michael Schratter — a Vancouver school teaching living with bipolar disorder who, in 2010, cycled 40,000 kilometres around the globe raising $100,000 for the Canadian Mental Health Association — Ride Don’t Hide aims to support better mental health for women and families.

CMHA branches across the province have pledged to recruit more than 7,000 cyclists and raise $400,000 for mental health programs on June 23, when riders in Williams Lake can meet for a scenic ride along the Williams Lake River Valley Trail.

“Locally we’re trying to raise $15,000,” said Darlene Doskoch, manager of employment and social programs for the CMHA – Cariboo Chilcotin Branch. “All of that money stays here in CMHA in our community, so it will go towards programs that support women and their families.”

This is the first year the Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide event is being held in different locations across the province. Last year’s inaugural event was hosted in Vancouver.

Trevor Barnes, executive director of the CMHACCB, said the ride is completely non-competitive and will accommodate all riders and levels of skill. He added he hopes many individuals and families come enjoy a ride throughout the day.

“We’re going to start at the bottom parking lot in the River Valley,” Barnes said. “It’s close to a 10-kilometre round trip to the [Fraser] river and back, but that said people can go as far or as short of a distance as they want.

“We’ll have a smaller run there for the younger children and families. And we’ll have stations on the trail.”

Red Shred’s Bike and Board Shed, another one of the event’s sponsors, will have a shop setup on site to help anyone having bike problems. There will also be a food vendor and other associations on hand.

Registration is available online at www.ridedonthide.com.

Visit www.facebook.com/RideDontHide or twitter.com/ridedonthide for more information.