KAWARTHA LAKES-The Ride Don’t Hide event in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge’s (CMHA HKPR) raised over $23,000 for the new Mobile Mental Health and Addictions Clinic.
“CMHA HKPR would like to sincerely thank our sponsors, riders, donors, and volunteers. This event would not have been possible without each and every one of you and we are thrilled to have raised over $23,000 to support the launch of the new Mobile Mental Health and Addictions Clinic,” says Jack Veitch, Manager of Community Engagement and Education with CMHA HKPR.
The event was held on June 18th but due to the storm that occurred in Peterborough over the May Long Weekend, CMHA HKPR had to change the event location from Nicholls Oval to Heritage Pavilion. This change meant that the physical rides were cancelled, but participants were still able to gather for a celebratory BBQ which included the closing ceremony and prizes for top fundraisers. Participants were encouraged to ride on their own before or following the ceremony.
“Although we weren’t able to facilitate the physical rides this year, we were thrilled with the turnout for the celebration ceremony and it was great to be able to gather together as a community for the first time since our 2019 Ride Don’t Hide event,” says Veitch.
Officials say all funds raised from the event will go towards the Mobile Mental Health and Addictions Clinic, ‘the Road Ahead,’ which CMHA HKPR launched this fall. ‘The Road Ahead,’ will serve Peterborough and County, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, and Northumberland, providing mental health and addictions care to under-resourced and underserviced communities via a retro-fitted vehicle.