Ride Don’t Hide Wheels in Motion
One group of riders start their journey – photos 250News
Prince George, B.C.- Just under 110 bicycle riders took to the streets of Prince George this morning in the “Ride Don’t Hide” event.
Carli Staub , President of the Board of the Canadian Mental Health Association of Prince George says while it is a fund raising event, it is also about awareness. “This is our 4th Ride Don’t Hide event and it’s getting bigger every year.”
All of the funds raised today will stay in Prince George says Staub to deliver programs to Prince George citizens.
She says there are about 150 who are accessing the local Canadian Mental Health Association’s services for life skills “But then we have many more who contact us for information and support because there are many who don’t come forward. That’s what Ride Don’t Hide is all about, breaking the stigma of mental health. One in five Canadians will experience mental illness, so you know somebody, you’re related to somebody or maybe it’s you yourself. So it’s really about bringing mental illness out of the shadows and into the light and talking about it without shame.”
The event saw plenty of support from the RCMP. North District Chief Superintendent Lesley Bain and Prince George Detachment Superintendent Warren Brown were among those taking part in the ride.
(at right, PG RCMP Superintendent Warren Brown gives a wave as he starts his ride)
The goal for today’s ride in Prince George is $15 thousand dollars, donations can still be made online at ridedonthide.com