WOODSTOCK, ON – Ride Don’t Hide is recognizing all ambassadors and champions today, June 1, 2018, for their “Ambassador Day” digital campaign. Locally, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Oxford is excited to recognize and announce this year’s Ride Champion, Erica Humphrey.
Erica is an award-winning fitness instructor, personal trainer, and motivational speaker as well as a champion for mental health and stigma reduction. Erica’s message that she brings to youth and adults across Oxford County and beyond is about positivity for both body and mind. Her encouragement to friends, family members, and clients to register, join her team, and donate is a great support in CMHA Oxford & Ride Don’t Hide’s aim of defeating the stigma of mental illness and addictions.
“I’m excited and honoured to be Woodstock’s Ride Don’t Hide 2018 Champion! I’m riding to celebrate two of my favourite things – physical activity, mental health and I get to share them with my family and friends in my hometown,” says Erica Humphrey, Ride Don’t Hide Oxford 2018’s Champion. “As a former youth in care, I understand mental health on a personal level. In joining RDH, my goal is to break the stigma and bring awareness to the benefits exercise has on our mental health. Looking forward to leading by example and sharing my story on June 24th 2018.”
“Erica’s passion for mental health, and her reflections on the stigma experienced by those with mental and addictions illnesses are so important to this cause,” adds Mike McMahon, CMHA Oxford Executive Director. “Erica’s abundant energy for overall wellbeing is amazing. CMHA Oxford is very fortunate to have attracted Erica and her family to Ride Don’t Hide 2018.”
Erica will be at the Ride Don’t Hide booth at the Ingersoll Family Cycling Day on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 12 PM – 2 PM.
Ride Don’t Hide is a community event and a fundraiser for CMHA. It gives communities a chance to come together to talk about an issue that affects everyone. Sharing stories and talking about recovery is the key to breaking the stigma that has kept mental illness in the shadows.
On June 24, thousands of Canadians from Newfoundland to British Columbia will get on their bikes and join friends, family, colleagues, classmates and other community members to pedal towards the ultimate goal of ending the stigma of mental illness. They will be taking part in the Canadian Mental Health Association’s 6th annual Ride Don’t Hide event, Canada’s largest mental health bike ride.
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.