KeepHealthCare.ORG – Community rallies for mental health at third annual Ride Don’t Hide event
On Sunday morning, 400 locals rallied together to #GetLoud about Mental Health at the third annual CMHA’s Ride Don’t Hide event.
The 2018 event was held in memory of local brothers Dillion and Payton Budd, who lost their lives to suicide two years apart within the last three years.
Bright and early participants gathered at the Rotary Centre for the Arts to register for the ride. Some came on their own and others with large teams, but all with one mission in mind, breaking the stigma behind mental health.
The event hit its fundraising target of $82,500 to help make our community mentally healthy through the programs and services offered at the CMHA Kelowna branch.
As the event is sponsored by the Thomas Alan Budd Foundation, Thomas Budd the father of Payton and Dillon, took time to speak about his own battles with mental health.
Thanking the crowd countless times, Budd reminded everyone that the support of a community, a family or a friend can make a huge difference in someone’s life and that it is more than okay to ask for help if you need it.
At the start line, attendees got ready to embark on their either 6.5 km, 20 km or 60 km ride, not for sport but for awareness and support.
Following a group countdown, the riders set out but not before pedaling through the local RCMP’s super soaker salute.
The overwhelming sense of support and community was palpable as attendees hugged, laughed and even shed a few tears.