Vernon, BC – Community came together to ensure that the mental health of North Okanagan youth is a priority.

Ride Don’t Hide was held June 9 and more than $53,000 was raised for the Youth Integrated Services Hub operated by Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon & District.

“Ride Don’t Hide was truly a community celebration and a demonstration of how local residents are committed to supporting our youth,” said Julia Payson, executive director, Canadian Mental Health Vernon & District.

“These funds will help us to provide critical services to support young people with the programs they need, when they need them. Our goal is to equip youth with knowledge and tools that will help them manage mental health and wellness.”

More than 170 people participated in Ride Don’t Hide which began at Polson Park and featured multiple routes ranging from 1.2 to 50 kilometers in Vernon and Coldstream. The event included a barbecue, children’s activities and a fly-past by the Vernon Snowflakes formation flying team.

Ride Don’t Hide also led to CMHA developing new relationships with the Vernon BMX Club and Kalamalka Secondary School.

“We are grateful for all the participants, sponsors, donors, and volunteers who gave of themselves to make Ride Don’t Hide a resounding success. The North Okanagan is such a caring and generous place to call home, said Payson.

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