On Sunday June 26th, cyclists will ride through Oxford County in Ride Don’t Hide 2016. This ride aims to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide in Canada. Ride Don’t Hide is a country-wide event with Oxford’s beginning in Woodstock, ON.
Ride Don’t Hide began in 2010 when founder Michael Schrafftter cycled across six continents and over 40,000km to raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association. Successfully, Michael raised over $100,000 and the movement has only grown since.
The impact of Ride Don’t Hide last year alone was astounding. Money went towards helping women gain life management skills, helping seniors with social isolation, aiding teens with eating disorders and much more. If participating in Oxford County’s ride, you can look forward to your funds going directly back into the community with the Canadian Mental Health Association Oxford in Woodstock. With a goal to raise $20,000 this year, the ride will have a major impact on Oxford County.
Participants, which range from adults to children, can take part in an 8, 13, 50 or 100 km ride (not a race) through the county at their own pace.Registration includes a light breakfast, BBQ and access to all sorts of vendors and prizes. Sign up before it’s too late and enjoy a wonderful day cycling the county.