Ride founder in town

The founder of Ride Don't Hide is coming to Vernon.

Michael Schratter will speak at the Canadian Mental Health Association event Sunday at Creekside Park in Coldstream following an 8.5-km ride.

“People often ask me as to where I got the idea and gumption to create Ride Don’t Hide, to cycle the equatorial distance of 40,000 km through 33 countries on six continents over 16 months. All this while being open about having bipolar in countless newspaper articles & blog posts, and encouraging others to share their own stories of mental health struggles on the original Ride Don’t Hide website. The idea of Ride Don’t Hide had several origins, but first and foremost it was the understanding that ‘ordinary’ contributing members of society who also happen to have, or have had, a mental health issue should make themselves visible so as to change the face and narrative of what the lay public sees as mental illness,” Schratter said on his website.

CMHA Vernon is organizing the local ride Sunday starting at Creekside Park.

Registration is from 8-9 a.m., with rides of varying distances starting at 9:45 a.m.

There is a $30 registration fee which includes a T-shirt. Children under 12 are free.

Also being held Sunday is the Ryde in Memory of Liam Hack fundraiser at Soul Studio in Vernon.

Participation is by donation with all proceeds going to CMHA Vernon programs.

There are four, 30-minute classes starting at 9:15 a.m.

CMHA’s Ride Don’t Hide is an annual fundraising bike ride held in seven provinces in more than 30 communities. Supported by the fundraising efforts of more than 7,500 riders, Ride Don’t Hide will raise funds for essential programs and services in communities, workplaces and schools – programs that change lives. Programs that save lives.

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