June 23rd Ride Don't Hide details announced

It’s spring and what better time to dust off our bikes, pull out the Lycra and spring into action as the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Penticton today launches its annual Ride Don’t Hide fundraising campaign.  CMHA is issuing a call to cyclists and non-cyclists alike to join the movement that’s gearing up and gathering momentum across the country, from coast-to-coast. 

On June 23, 2019 Canadians from all walks of life will join the eighth annual Ride Don’t Hide community bike ride in celebration and support of mental health. CMHA is expecting more than 10,000 cyclists to ride for mental health in 35 communities across Canada, including in our community  

“Ride Don’t Hide is an opportunity to come together to fundraise as a community and say mental health is important to me, and it’s time to banish the stigma often associated with it says Executive Director Leah Schulting . “We are so thankful for the support from the community, and those who have shared their personal stories of why mental health is important to them.”

This year’s champion is Justin Kripps, the reigning Olympic Champion in the two-man bobsleigh.  Justin is honoured to be this year’s champion for Ride Don’t Hide.

The Ride Don’t Hide movement began with Michael Schratter, a Vancouver school teacher living with bipolar disorder, who spent almost a year and a half cycling 40,000 km around the globe. Armed with only his bike, a knapsack and the determination to realize his dream of raising awareness and empowering those who experience mental illness, his story inspired millions of people and raised $100,000 for CMHA.

Now, thanks to the support of local sponsors, the seventh annual Ride Don’t Hide community bike ride continues to inspire and aims to raise a record $1.5 million across Canada.

Ride Don’t Hide is open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Registration is $45 for adults, and $30 for youth. Individuals, families and teams can register online at www.ridedonthide.com.

About Ride Don’t Hide

Ride Don’t Hide is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in celebration and support of mental health for all, with the goal of ending the stigma around mental illness. First launched with Michael Schratter’s 40,000 km ride around the globe in 2010, Ride Don’t Hide is a growing national movement with community bike rides in 35 cities across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador. This year CMHA aims to engage more than 10,000 participants and raise over $1.5 million for mental health programs. Join the movement and find your local community ride at www.ridedonthide.com.

Ride 12, 24, or 36K, along the beautiful KVR trail beginning at the KVR Middle School on

June 23rd. 2019. Also, new this year, Stride Don’t Hide - no bike needed just put on your sneakers to walk and join us as we come together to get loud about mental health.

About the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a presence in hundreds of neighbourhoods across every province, CMHA provides advocacy and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive. Visit the CMHA website at www.cmha.ca.

CMHA-SOS is pleased to have the City of Penticton as well as 40 other community businesses and services clubs involved