Olympian Clara Hughes stopping here as part of mental illness campaign

Olympian Clara Hughes will stop in Red Deer as she cycles across Canada to raise awareness about mental illness.

Olympian Clara Hughes will stop in Red Deer as she cycles across Canada to raise awareness about mental illness.

The six-time cycling and speed-skating medallist began Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk in Toronto on March 14 and wraps up in Ottawa on Canada Day.

Her 110-day journey will take her to 95 communities along the route.

Hughes will be in Red Deer at Parkland Mall on May 31 and June 1.

Family Services of Central Alberta and other local groups are organizing two events using the tag line, Clara’s Big Ride Hits Red Deer.

Details are still being sorted out but Judy Scott, manager of children and youth services said the event is shaping up to be an awesome party.

“It’s about promoting mental health,” said Scott.

“We are looking at it as a way to talk about mental health in a positive and upbeat way.”

Hughes is likely to arrive from Calgary around 5:30 p.m. The celebration will get underway at 4 p.m. and run until about 6:30 p.m.

The next morning Hughes will give a youth-geared breakfast talk at the mall starting at 8:30 a.m.

Scott said they are seeing more people and young people in particular struggling with mental health. She said it is important to celebrate good mental health, support those who are struggling and take away the stigma.

For more updates visit www.fsca.ca or for more information on the ride visit www.clarasbigride.bell.ca.

crhyno@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Canada caught between 2 powers, feeling alone in the world

TORONTO — First U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Canada on trade. Then… Continue reading

Carbon pricing is most efficient way to cut emissions, Canadian Chamber says

OTTAWA — Canada’s largest business group has endorsed a carbon tax as… Continue reading

Tory senators stalling laws for political advantage, Independents say

OTTAWA — Conservative senators are being accused of deliberately stalling Liberal government… Continue reading

Police across Canada probe bomb threats as U.S. authorities dismiss ‘hoax’

TORONTO — Police forces in cities across Canada investigated multiple bomb threats… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: How to change your beauty routine

Kim XO, lets you in on her style secrets each Fashion Friday on the Black Press Media Network

WHL’s Thunderbirds, Silvertips open to NHL joining Seattle hockey market

TORONTO — The Seattle area’s major junior hockey teams aren’t worried about… Continue reading

Canadian freestyle skier Karker excited for Dew Tour’s modified superpipe

Rachael Karker has a renewed sense of confidence heading into her second… Continue reading

CBS settled with Dushku over ‘Bull’ star’s sexual comments

LOS ANGELES — CBS reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement last year… Continue reading

Kanye reignites Drake feud on Twitter, alleges threats

LOS ANGELES — Kanye West is not sending Christmas cheer to Drake.… Continue reading

Councillors in Toronto, Ottawa vote to allow retail cannabis stores

TORONTO — Councillors in Toronto have voted to allow retail pot shops… Continue reading

Barry Cooper: Separation has become a real possibility, thanks to Ottawa’s abuses

In the past couple of weeks, a retired senior oil executive, Gwyn… Continue reading

Sex assault trial for former gymnastics coach resumes in Sarnia

SARNIA, Ont. — The trial of a former high-ranking gymnastics coach accused… Continue reading

Most Read