The Imagine Ride is into week 6, the final week! I have completed my 2200 KM goal and raised over $31,000 for Jack.org.
Thank you for all the messages of support, encouragement and donations. Now, more than ever, the work of Jack.org is critically so important to our youth so don't forget to donate.
The Imagine Ride is halfway to our goal of $50,000, please donate
I will be combining virtual rides at home on my trainer with longer rides on the weekend to cover 2,200 km. Be sure to check back for updates on my progress.
It started with an idea in July 2019. Imagine if we could:
myths and stigma surrounding mental illness, and make it okay to talk about it
our kids build resilience and other skills that promote mental wellness
earlier access to resources and supports for individuals and families of those in need
And since then, it has evolved into The Imagine Ride.
The original plan was to ride my bike from Kenora to Ottawa, Ontario in June 2020 to raise money for Jack.org. However, the world looks very different now due to COVID-19, and as a result, I have altered my plans.
The ride has always been about helping people and supporting the amazing work of Jack.org – and this virus will not change that.
The physical distancing we are currently practicing is needed to slow down and eventually stop the spread of COVID-19. However, fear and isolation will only increase the need for support of youth with mental health concerns.
The Imagine Ride is about coming together to overcome adversity and ensure those at risk have access to the health supports they need. It’s about remaining resilient, purpose-focused and action-oriented at a time when our youth need us. It’s about saying no to fear. And even though we are physically distancing, it’s about standing together to lift up one another.
On June 1st, rather than starting The Imagine Ride in Kenora, I will be starting at home on my trainer. Twice a week in the evenings, I’ll be riding on the trainer and hope you will join me for a virtual ride. On weekends, I will be doing longer, local rides. I will still be covering 2,200 km…it will just take a bit longer! Please follow along on Instagram (@imagineride) for more details on how to join a ride.
I had the opportunity to meet the co-founder of Jack.org, Eric Windeler through a work event we hosted at RBC and was amazed and inspired by the work he and the Youth Leaders across Canada are doing each and every day.
As someone who has experienced depression, I understand how hard it can be to ask for help. Empowering youth to advocate for change, to bust down myths and stigma associated with mental health, and educate youth and families on how to provide support when a loved one is suffering, is something that is very important to me, especially as a mother.
A Little About Me
I’m not a professional athlete.
To be honest, I’m not even a seasoned cyclist. When I had the idea to ride across Ontario, I had never ridden more than 60 km. In fact, until last fall, I didn’t even have my own bike.
I had been using my husband’s!
I’m just a 51-year-old wife, mom and working woman who wants to make a difference, raise money for Jack.org, and show my 12-year-old daughter that I’m still somewhat cool.
It doesn’t have to take over your life, it doesn’t have to define you as a person, it’s just important that you ask for help.
It’s not a sign of weakness
We look forward to working with sponsors to reach our fundraising goal. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org