Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division in Victoria is excited to announce that Ride Don’t Hide Victoria is back and will be an in-person, live event for 2022.
The past two years have been tough on most, with many Canadians citing that the pandemic has had a serious, negative affect on their mental health. At CMHA we’ve continued to provide mental health resources and services for those that need them. Ride Don’t Hide has been our yearly fundraiser that allows us to fund these programs and services. After two years of hosting a virtual Ride we are overjoyed to return to a live event in the community, gathering again to raise awareness around mental health and destigmatize it in Victoria, BC.
We’re not just a crowd, we’re a movement for mental health. We hope that you will join us in person this year, and help us reach our goal of raising $60,000 for mental health programs and services in Victoria, BC. All funds raised go directly back in the community. To learn more and register (early bird sale ends on May 8th!) please visit www.ridedonthide.com/victoria.
June 12, 2022 | Windsor Park
Ride Don’t Hide began in 2010 as Michael Schratter, a Vancouver teacher and newspaper columnist, embarked on a global journey to raise funds for CMHA BC Division and raise awareness about the stigma surrounding mental illness. He circumnavigated the world, cycling 40,000 kilometres, across six continents and 33 countries, inviting the people he met along the way to help end mental illness stigma. Michael posted their pledges and stories on his website, where he shared photos and reflections from the road.
CMHA BC Division along with CMHA branches in Vancouver-Burnaby and North & West Vancouver picked up Michael’s torch and in the following year raised $75,000 and engaged 500 participants.
Now Ride Don’t Hide is in more than 25 communities across eight provinces with close to 10,000 participants each year. To date Ride Don’t Hide has raised more than $10 million for local mental health programs and services and has become the largest cycling event of its kind in Canada.