Canada’s largest youth mental health cycling event has options for riders of all ages
Over 1,500 supporters will join Jack® Ride to raise funds for youth mental health charity Jack.org
Jack Ride 2023
TORONTO, March 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jack.org and presenting sponsors Bank of America are pleased to announce the 14th edition of Jack Ride: Canada’s Ride for Youth Mental Health. Since 2010, tens of thousands of riders have joined Jack Ride, raising millions of dollars to support the Jack.org youth mental health movement. This year, the fundraiser returns bigger and better than ever, adding gravel in-person ride routes in Caledon, Ontario and a volunteer-led event in Canmore, Alberta, alongside their virtual ride option.
Generously supported by Accenture, Avanade, BMO and many others, Jack Ride is Canada’s largest youth mental health cycling event. This family-friendly fundraiser brings together determined individuals who are passionate about youth mental health and support Jack.org, a Canadian charity that provides peer-to-peer mental health education to improve mental health outcomes in communities of improve coast to coast.
Over the past 13 years, Jack Ride has been a significant revenue stream for the organization and has enabled over 3,000 youth leaders to create cultural change among their peers by building knowledge and resilience, increasing help seeking and driving enduring mental health systems-stage shifting .
“Jack Ride has been a healing journey for me and a way to stay connected to Bridget’s loved ones by sending something positive out into the world,” said Barb Brophey, five-time Jack Rider and Team Bridget captain. “By participating in Jack Ride, my teammates and I can continue Bridget’s legacy of loving, guiding and inspiring people and creating a better world where no one suffers in silence.”
Team Bridget took part in Jack Ride to support Jack.org’s important youth mental health work. This year, 41 members from across Canada and the United States participated to raise an incredible $43,491 for Jack.org.
For this year’s Jack Ride, riders have more opportunities to participate or volunteer than ever before! After a successful event last year, Jack.org is pleased to announce a bigger and better Jack Ride with three event options: in-person, volunteer-led and virtual:
Personal: Caledon, Ont., May 27, 2023
Run by volunteers: Canmore, Alberta, June 11, 2023
Virtual: Anywhere You Ride, May 27, 2023 (or anytime until the end of June!)
With different routes and options for everyone, riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome. If horseback riding isn’t your thing, you can “ride” your own path by walking, hiking, swimming or reading ten chapters of a good book in honor of Jack Ride!
“Bank of America has been a proud sponsor of Jack Ride since the first ride in 2010,” said Gaylen Duncan, Country Operating Officer, Bank of America. “We are very proud of the role we have played in the growth of the event and our contribution to solving the youth mental health crisis. Everyone who shows up, donates or sponsors Jack.org shows leadership and commitment to a cause that affects us all.”
“Jack Ride is our premier fundraising event and enables Jack.org to provide essential mental health programs to youth across the country,” said Rowena Pinto, President and CEO of Jack.org. “Young people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and remain the age group least likely to report good or excellent mental health – they alone cannot change that. Jack Ride brings together an incredible community that understands the urgency of what young people are experiencing and is willing to do something to change it.”
This event is a real highlight for Pinto and her team at Jack.org and they look forward to another successful and inspiring Jack Ride. To further Jack.org’s urgent mission and to help riders like Brophey achieve their goals, you can visit the donation Page and donate to the event or directly to a person by searching their name or team.
If you’re interested in driving in person, virtually, or even volunteering at an in-person event, visit the Jack Ride website Today! Don’t forget to tag us on social media using the hashtags #JackRide #MoveTogether.
Founded by Eric Windeler and his wife Sandra Hanington after tragically losing their son Jack to suicide, Jack.org is the only Canadian charity training and empowering network of young mental health leaders. These incredible youth are leading conversations about mental health among their peers thanks to innovative programs they helped create. Through Jack speaks, jack chapter, Jack Summit, Jack originals, To be thereAnd BeThereCertificate.orgyoung leaders identify and break down barriers to positive mental health in their communities. Jack.org works towards a Canada where all young people understand how to take care of their own mental health and take care of each other. A shameless Canada where all who need support get the help they deserve. With thousands of young leaders in every province and territory, the movement is just beginning. To learn more, please visit Jack.org, BeThere.org And BeThereCertificate.org.
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Media representatives are invited to attend the Jack Ride in Caledon, Ontario in person Canmore, Alberta. Contact Nimanthie for more information. Interviews with the President and CEO of Jack.org, senior executives and young leaders are available upon request.
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