A popular event returns this June, providing North Okanagan residents an opportunity to support youth mental health.

The Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon & District hosts Ride Don’t Hide on Sunday, June 9, at Vernon’s Polson Park. Funds will go to the Youth Integrated Services Hub.

“We are excited about Ride Don’t Hide as it brings the community together through physical activity while creating awareness about our mental health journeys,” said Julia Payson, CMHA Vernon & District executive director.

“Mental health is an everyday experience for many of our youth, and we want to ensure programs and services are available when needed.”

Ride Don’t Hide raised $50,000 in 2023; this year’s goal is $80,000.

Cyclists and non-cyclists can take part in the event, which features six routes ranging from 1.2 to 50 kilometres. You can ride or walk as an individual or as part of a team.

Early bird registration for adults and youth is $45 until April 30 ($55 after that date), while registration is free for children 12 and under. You can register at ridedonthide.com/vernon

“Ride Don’t Hide is a celebration of our North Okanagan community and a clear demonstration of how we rally behind our friends and neighbours,” said Payson.

“Helping youth help themselves with wellness and education is increasingly important.”

Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities exist for Ride Don’t Hide, and those interested can reach out to [email protected]

To learn more about CMHA Vernon’s Youth Integrated Services Hub, visit https://cmhavernon.ca/

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