It’s an event meant to get the community’s wheels turning — in more ways than one.
The Canadian Mental Health Association of Niagara’s third annual Ride Don’t Hide event is set to take place Sunday, June 25 at Brock University.
Brock is putting together a team for the cycling event and staff, faculty and students are being encouraged to sign up and support the worthy cause.
“The event is a great way for the Brock University community to support a local organization doing great work,” said Kristen Nilsen, a Brock career consultant who is also helping to organize the fundraising ride.
“Brock has a strong influence in the community and can play a huge role in helping CMHA Niagara raise awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental health while raising essential funds for mental health programs.”
Ride participants help CMHA Niagara to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health that so often discourages people from seeking the help they need, Nilsen said.
The event, which takes place in cities across Canada, is meant to show the public that it’s OK to talk about mental health, she said.
“It’s also an opportunity to raise essential funds that help support local mental health programs and services so that we can serve more individuals in need in our community.”
Cyclists will begin their ride between 9:30 a.m. and 10, depending on whether they’ve selected the five-, 15- or 35-kilometre route option.
The day, which is open to people of all ages and abilities, will include live music, food and other entertainment.
Brock’s team has set a fundraising goal of $1,000.
For more information, to register or donate, visit the Brock University team page.