June 23, 2019
Ride Don’t Hide
3883 Imperial St.
Burnaby, British Columbia
NEW FOR 2019
We have a new option for registering this year – riders can ride for FREE when they raise a minimum of amount of funds through fundraising.
- Registration fees for all routes (except 100k) are $45. Registration is reimbursed if the rider raises a minimum $100.
- Riders on the 100k route register for $75 and this will be reimbursed with a minimum $400 donation.
Let’s start to build the 2019 momentum together. Today.
How can I be involved?
2. Invite your friends, family and business colleagues to ride
3. Can’t ride? Consider donating! Support our Child and Youth Programs in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Delta, North and West Vancouver, and Surrey. Help by providing a one-time donation, or monthly support:
- $20 a month supports a young person by providing life skills at school in mental health literacy
- $55 a month will enrich the life of a child by providing supervised program activities and snacks to promote mental wellness
- $250 a month covers the monthly recreation and support program for a group of 12 children and youth for a year
4. Sign up to volunteer – and invite your friends to join you! Be part of the momentum, joining over 250 other event-day volunteers. Email email@example.com to be part of the incredible volunteer team.
Join The Ride Don’t Hide 2019 Movement!
Ride Don’t Hide is a nationwide fundraising bike ride that brings mental health out into the open. Join us on Sunday, June 23 for the 2019 Ride Don’t Hide!
Ride Don’t Hide is the largest mental health bike ride in Canada with 1,200 riders plus hundreds of other family members, friends and volunteers, raising funds to support CMHA Greater Vancouver.
Get on your bike and join the movement. Ride. Don’t hide.
Last year in Greater Vancouver, Ride Don’t Hide was a great success with 1,200 exuberant riders (family members, friends, cycling groups and corporate teams), 200+ rock star volunteers and 3,000 cherished donors who raised over $275,000 to support CMHA programs for children and youth in Greater Vancouver.
The remarkable success of the ride is a reflection of dedication and hard work to raise awareness and funds to support mental health programs for children and youth.
In the Vancouver-Fraser Branch alone, we’ll spend over $350,000 of fundraising revenue on our programming for kids from ages 8 – 18. Without Ride Don’t Hide, we would not be able to offer amazing programs like Pandemonium (for children and youth living with anxiety and other mental illnesses).
For those of you who participated last year – THANK YOU! You came out and stood up for mental health.
From anxiety to mental wealth
When he nine and typical tween worries escalated to severe anxiety attacks Nick Neacsu was told he was crazy.
“I was very young. I would be sitting down at my desk at school,” he remembers. “I would feel a tension almost like a vertigo. The walls were closing in. I had shortness of breath. I was scared. In the middle of class it was very embarrassing.
“I remember very clearly – this would be grade four or grade five – going to the nurse’s office and the principal coming in and saying I was crazy.”
Those initial attacks were the beginning of a ten year battle with severe, debilitating anxiety. Today as a successful realtor Neacsu credits his mother for advocating on his behalf through emergency room visits until he was diagnosed and supported by pediatric programs at the University of British Columbia. His experiences have motivated him to advocate and fundraise for more mental health programs for youth and to join the board of the Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Fraser.
“There is no way I could have gotten through this without help,” says Neacsu. “This is a physical debilitation that needs a cast like a broken bone but the cast is medication. Like a broken bone, it can’t heal on its own – it needs to be protected.”
As devastating and debilitating as his anxiety was Neacsu credits his experience for his resilience and focus which led to youth sport achievements which led to education opportunities and ultimately his career.
“I would not have the success I have without going through that,” he says. “I had to train to pay attention and focus on my body to be aware of what’s happening and try to snap out of the growing anxiety attack. Now I can focus – hyperfocus. As hard as it was, I wouldn’t change it.”
This June CMHA is hosting Ride Don’t Hide, a fundraising community ride to support mental health programs for Greater Vancouver Youth.
“I know how much programs like those helped me,” says Neacsu. “I hope people can have access to programs and get help but we also need compassion, and understanding that this is happening. We need to talk about it more. My mind was broken but people don’t have compassion for what they don’t understand.”
Neacsu recalls how isolated he and his family felt while dealing with his mental health.
“If there are is a family going through this – seeing their kid go through panic attacks – they can feel helpless,” he adds. “Maybe seeing the other side, after recovering from this will give them confidence while they’re in it.”
Looking back, Neacsu doesn’t minimize how difficult and painful his anxiety was at the time, but today after medical treatment and mental health programs he is thriving.
“This is devastating but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make you stronger. It made me mentally strong. I would not be who I am and where I am without having gone through it – and I like who I am.”
Join Nick and others at Ride Don’t Hide June 23, 2019. Ride Don’t Hide supports CMHA’s local children’s and youth mental health programming and provides a fun event to celebrate community. With an attainable fundraising minimums and rides for all abilities including a family friendly walk/roll 5K, 10K, 20K, 60K, 100K routes plus a virtual ride, it’s about bringing mental health into the open. www.ridedonthide.com
Finding yourself in finding your health
It’s not a big secret – not everyone loves to exercise. On rough days getting dressed can be hard enough, working out because we should is a non-starter. Finding the right goal can be what is needed to get you started and locked in to a physically and mentally healthier lifestyle.
Ride Don’t Hide is about community supporting community. It’s about bringing mental health into the open. The June 23rd, 2019 community fundraising event has routes for all abilities from a family friendly walk/roll 5K, to a 10K, 20K, 60K, and 100K route as well as a Virtual Route for those who are not able to join us that day. With either a registration fee or an attainable fundraising minimum of $100* you can focus on fun and fitness.
Commit to your ride
Once you have made the decision to Ride Don’t Hide, commit: block the date in your calendar, sign up, pay up. Don’t give yourself space to quit.
Tell friends. Tell family. Tell colleagues. Give your goal a voice – make it real. Tell someone else six weeks from now when training rides are hard or you need a last little push to meet your fundraising goal.
Find ride buddies
Ride day and training days will be easier with someone by your side. Ride Don’t Hide isn’t about new personal best times, it’s about building community. Ask others to join you on the ride. Teammates will put the FUN in fundraising. Teammates will get you out the door when you don’t want to ride. Teammates will keep you on the bike five minutes longer. Teammates will bring the important mental health awareness of Ride Don’t Hide to their circles of support – spread the love, end the stigma.
Grab a bike – dust off the one you have or borrow a neighbour’s. All you need is two wheels to make a difference. If you are new to cycling keep your rides small. Ride to the store. Ride around the park. Your commitment to riding should be to achieve your goal for Ride Don’t Hide, not to accomplish it overnight. If you are adding distance find a plan. Don’t be intimidated by 60K or 100k. Try to ride three days a week – aiming to make it a commitment to bettering yourself as much as Ride Don’t Hide.
There will may be days your legs are tired and your bum hurts. Sometimes knowing you are supporting local children and youth mental health will be enough to get you out the door. On the tough days – ask for help. Call your ride buddies. Ask that weekend warrior from work to come along for a ride. Join a cycling club if you find yourself yearning for the road, finding peace in the saddle and thriving in your training. Promise yourself that donut, that hot bath or that massage – whatever restores your mind and body.
Crossing a finishing line surrounded by friends and like-minded people will fill your soul. Knowing you are a part of something bigger than that 10K, 60K or 100K is indescribable. Committing to and finishing Ride Don’t Hide makes you part of an important movement to embrace mental health, to remove stigma and to empower Greater Vancouver’s children and youth.
See you on the road!
*The 100K route has a fundraising minimum of $400.