Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes will ride her bike 12,000 kilometres around Canada, bringing the mental health conversation to communities in every province and territory beginning on March 14.
Her nation wide tour will stop in Nelson on Saturday, May 24.
As Clara rides across Canada for mental health awareness, she will be riding from Grand Forks to Nelson. The public is invited to welcome her as she rides into town in the afternoon, and come hear her speak and join in the celebrations in downtown Nelson, at Gerick Cycle & Ski.
Details of the afternoon event will be made available closer to the date of Clara’s arrival, but for now, save the date and help increase the awareness of mental health.
About the ride:
Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk begins in Toronto and concludes July 1 as part of Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa
She will set out on her epic journey around Canada in support of mental health from Maple Leaf Square in Toronto, ultimately riding 12,000 kilometres through every province and territory before concluding her ride on Canada Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
“After months of preparation and anticipation, I can’t wait to get on my bike and meet Canadians everywhere to talk about mental health. Together, we can achieve a stigma-free Canada,” said Hughes.
“Mental illness is part of everyone’s life in some way, and talking openly about it tells those who struggle that they shouldn’t fear seeking help. Beating the stigma is the biggest step we can take in moving Canada’s mental health forward. So I’m eager to share my mental health story with you, and hope to hear yours.”
Over 110 days, Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk will visit 95 communities in all territories and provinces.
The kick-off event in Toronto on March 14 and the Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa are just two of the more than 200 events that are already planned in communities across the country by schools, youth organizations and community groups. Every Canadian can participate in Clara’s Big Ride by attending an event or by sharing the journey online.
For more information about joining the conversation on social media using #ClarasBigRide, attending a community event, supporting your local mental health organization or helping raise funds, visit Bell.ca/ClarasBigRide.
Canadians can also show their support by proudly wearing the limited-edition official jersey of Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk.
The cycling jersey and technical t-shirt can be purchased online at Bell.ca/ClarasBigRide. $15 from the sale of each item will be donated to Kids Help Phone, the national service offering free, anonymous and confidential phone and online professional counseling for young people across Canada.