Ride Don’t Hide, a community bike ride to create awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental illness, raises funds to support mental health education and services in the mid island area.
On Sunday, June 25, across Canada 10,000 cyclists, in 31 communities (including Nanaimo) are expected to ride and raise funds for mental health.
This community event accommodates riders of all ages and abilities with two different rides to choose from 16.5 km and 52.3km. The 16.5-km event is great for families and individuals and the 52.3-km event is for more experienced riders. Riders can register as individuals, families or teams.
The registration fee is $35 for riders age 13 and older, and riders 12 years of age and younger ride for free.
All riders will receive a t-shirt, gift bag, delicious lunch and will be entered to win prizes. Top fundraisers will be eligible to win bike gear, an action camera, Fitbit and other special prizes.
We even have prizes for the best “helmet hair”.
Our Ride Don’t Hide Master of Ceremonies is Daryl Major, a self-confessed, proud husband, and father; Beatle fan; News Director at Island Radio in Nanaimo; Co-host of the Wave (102.3 FM) morning show and colour commentator for the Nanaimo Clippers on The Wolf (106.9 FM). He’ll lead the activities of the day and be part of the prize give away.
8:00 a.m. Registration Opens
8:45 52.3 km Ride Warm Up
9:00 52.3 km Ride starts
9:45 16.5 km Ride Warm Up
10:00 16.5 km Ride Starts
11:30 Entertainment by Jangano Marimba
11:35 Food Service Opens
12:30 Prizes Awarded
1:30 p.m Event Close
Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
The Mid Island branch of CMHA delivers services to people living in, and between, Nanaimo and Comox Valley. In Nanaimo, CMHA Mid Island provides housing for 64 people in two different buildings and has a Social Centre where people can visit and connect through activities. In addition, the organization provides housing subsidies to 28 people living in several mid island communities. In both Nanaimo and Oceanside, CMHA Mid Island supports several clients through outreach services. In Courtney, CMHA Mid Island provides housing for nine people and runs the Peppermill program, which produces thousands of low-cost healthy meals and provides clients with vocational training. In both Nanaimo and Courtney, CMHA Mid Island operates employment programs for people with mental health challenges, and across the region, CMHA Mid Island delivers public education including suicide prevention training.
Thank you for supporting mental health!