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Ride Don't Hide

It’s a momentous sign that Kelowna is coming together as a mentally healthy community, one rider at a time. Approximately 500 people came out to ride and $130,000 has been raised, with more coming in, for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Ride Don’t Hide, which took place in Kelowna June 24th – record numbers for the event.

Locally called The Payton & Dillon Budd Memorial Ride, in memory of two brothers who lost their lives, the ride was billed as a rallying point for people to come together and get loud about mental health and suicide prevention. It’s a sentiment that resonated with the community. “All of us, CMHA Kelowna staff and volunteers, we are all overwhelmed by the response to this event,” says Shelagh Turner, CMHA Kelowna’s Executive Director. “It sends an important message that says to anyone who is having mental health issues or thoughts of suicide - you do not have to hide, you do not have to stay silent. As a community, you are not alone and we are there for you.”

It was an emotional start to the event as riders, many with their own stories of how mental illness has impacted themselves, loved ones or colleagues, gathered to hear Tom Budd’s story. Budd spoke about his personal connection to the cause then wrapped up his speech with an inspiring message for the group, “Today we ride in victory, today we bring more awareness to mental health.” The Thomas Alan Budd Foundation is title sponsor for the event and, in a significant show of support for CMHA’s 100th anniversary, matched $100 in fundraising for each rider who signed up under Budd’s 100.

The ride featured a 6.5 KM, 20 KM and 60KM route which start and ended at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Sponsors for the event included JDS Mining, Kelowna Cycle, Fresh Air, Cyclepath, ChainLine Cycle, innov8 Digital Solutions, and DKL Financial Services. Money raised for the event will stay locally, going to CMHA Kelowna programs and services that help people of all ages access the help and support they need to live their best lives. Donations for the CMHA Kelowna ride are still being accepted at  http://ridedonthide.com/bc/ride/kelowna/ . The date for next year’s ride is June 23, 2019.

About Ride Don’t Hide
Ride Don’t Hide is the Canadian Mental Health Association’s flagship fundraising campaign focused
on reducing stigma and raising money for mental health. First launched with Michael Schratter’s
40,000 km ride around the globe in 2010, the 7th annual Ride Don’t Hide is a national event held on
June 24th in 31 communities, across seven provinces, from Tofino, BC, to St. John’s, NL. The Ride
has raised $7.8 million in funding for mental health programs and services in communities across
Canada.

About CMHA Kelowna

The CMHA Kelowna Branch is a charity that promotes the mental health of all through community-
based programs and services, public education, advocacy and research. It is part of a network of more than 10,000 CMHA volunteers and staff in over 80 communities across Canada. www.cmhakelowna.org.



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