WOODSTOCK, ONTARIO – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Oxford and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada is issuing a call to cyclists and non-cyclists alike to join in the annual Ride Don’t Hide event in Oxford County on Sunday, June 24, 2018.
Thousands of Canadians from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia are riding to end the stigma of mental illness, including over 200 riders in Woodstock and Oxford County.
This will be the 4th Annual ride in Woodstock & Oxford County, with goals to raise $30,000. Funds raised from Ride Don’t Hide remain in the community, supporting programs like Oxford County Walk-In Counselling.
“CMHA Oxford is so proud to stand with our community and our partners to end the stigma of mental illness and addiction illnesses on June 24 at Ride Don’t Hide,” says Mike McMahon, CMHA Oxford Executive Director. “The additional resources offered by our sponsor and funds raised by our riders are critical to the illness prevention, promotion and education work CMHA Professionals provide across Oxford County.”
This year’s ride is presented in Oxford and Waterloo-Wellington by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada.
“The safety and health of our Team Members and our community is a key focus area for us at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, and this absolutely includes mental health,” said Stephanie Pollard, Vice President, TMMC. “This event helps break the stigma, creates awareness, and gives people tools to have productive, positive conversations about mental health. TMMC is honoured to support this cause, and we are proud to have a team from TMMC participating in the Oxford County ride this year.”
Ride Don’t Hide is open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Registration is $40 for Adults (18+), $35 for Youth (13-17), and free for children 12 and under. The family-friendly event in Woodstock features four routes (8K, 13K, 28K, and 50K); free breakfast, lunch, and event t-shirt for all riders; and free activities and games.
Donate, volunteer and register to ride online at www.ridedonthide.com or head in to the CMHA Oxford office at 522 Peel Street in Woodstock to register in person.
About the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is Canada’s most extensive community mental health organization. A strong presence in 110 communities across Canada, CMHA provides advocacy and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illness, support recovery, and resilience, enabling Canadians to flourish and thrive. Many Canadians face mental illness or addiction. Fight the stigma, talk and seek help.
Ride Don’t Hide 2018 in Woodstock and Oxford County is sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Tim Hortons Norwich Avenue, Maglin Site Furniture, C&C Insurance, Fanshawe College Oxford Campus, POW Labs, Jennifer Gale, Unifor Local 2163, Vuteq, 104.7 Heart FM, and Woodstock Sentinel Review.
About Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. manufactures the Toyota Corolla, RAV4, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h vehicles and is the first plant outside of Japan to build a Lexus vehicle. The company employs more than 8,000 Team Members at three manufacturing plants in Cambridge and Woodstock Ontario, Canada.
For information about Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, visit www.tmmc.ca
For more information about Toyota products, visit www.toyota.ca