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Delta Divas ride for mental health

Left to right: Madeline, Alison and Meredith Martin. - Photo submitted
Left to right: Madeline, Alison and Meredith Martin.
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On Sunday, June 22, seven divas from Delta will don bike gear and strap on their tiaras and pedal out in support of the fourth-annual Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide Greater Vancouver community bike ride.

This annual event brings awareness to mental health issues and raises funds to support women and their families at local branches of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

Alison Martin, Meredith Martin, Madeline Martin, Karen Horn, Susan Reh-Bosch, Anika Bosch and Judy Gray, Executive Director of CMHA Delta, are seven of approximately 3,600 riders in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario who collectively aim to raise funds for the cause.

“Meredith and I volunteered with Ride Don’t Hide last year as route marshals,” says Alison Martin, who works for CMHA Delta in program delivery. “We were caught up in the enthusiasm and thought, why not ride next year?”

Riders of all ages and abilities can participate in the event, which organizers stress is not a race.

The Divas will begin their ride from Swangard Stadium in Burnaby at 10 a.m., wind their way through scenic Vancouver neighbourhoods, and end back at Swangard Stadium to participate in the food, fun and music.

Riders who can’t make it to Swangard, but still want to support the cause, can register and create your own ride locally.

“We're hoping to raise $900 and so far have reached $875,” she said. “And just as importantly, we’ll be part of a movement that is helping to remove the stigma from mental illness.”

Anyone interested in supporting the Divas in their ride can join the team, create a separate team, be a “virtual” rider, volunteer or donate.

Shoppers Drug Mart is selling pink wristbands in support of the event.

More information is available at http://ridedonthide.com/bc/ride/greater-vancouver/ or by contacting CMHA Delta at

604-943-1878.

For more information, visit www.delta.cmha.bc.ca

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