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Vernon cycling event to raise funds for youth mental health

Ride Don’t Hide will take place June 9 starting in Polson Park
Ride Don’t Hide is set to raise funds for youth mental health in Vernon Sunday, June 9, 2024. (CMHA Vernon photo)

Coming in June, Vernon residents can pedal their way to increased funding for youth mental health.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Vernon and District is hosting its popular Ride Don’t Hide event on Sunday, June 9 at Vernon’s Polson Park. Funds raised from the event will go to the Youth Integrated Services Hub.

“We are excited about Ride Don’t Hide as it brings the community together through physical activity while creating awareness about our mental health journeys,” said Julia Payson, CMHA Vernon and District executive director, in a media release. “Mental health is an everyday experience for many of our youth and we want to ensure programs and services are available when they need it.”

Ride Don’t Hide raised $50,000 last year, and the goal for this year has been set at $80,000.

Cyclists and walkers can take part in the event, which features six routes ranging from 1.2 to 50 kilometres. People can ride or walk as an individual or as part of a team.

Early bird registration for adults and youth is $45 until April 30 and $55 after that date, while registration is $15 for children 12 and under. People can register at Already, the Vernon Ride Don’t Hide webpage shows $1,570 has been raised.

“Ride Don’t Hide is a celebration of our North Okanagan community and a clear demonstration of how we rally behind our friends and neighbours,” said Payson. “Helping youth help themselves with wellness and education is increasingly important.”

There are sponsorship and volunteer opportunities for anyone interested. Those interested can reach out to

To learn more about CMHA Vernon’s Youth Integrated Services Hub, visit

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Brendan Shykora

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I started as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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