Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Head for the Hills

Registering for our 11th annual bike event in support of the mental health recovery programs of Eden Health Care Services.  We hope this event will be an occasion to celebrate mental and physical health.  There are two tracks to take in this event.  One is described a little further down in this post and the other track is to take a road course from Colert Beach to the barbeque site.  Both courses are well marked and intersect with each other at two different refreshment stops along the way. 

One in four Manitobans will be directly affected by a serious mental health concern in their lifetime and statistics indicate that only 1/3 will seek help.

The pledges raised from the bike ride will go to support the mental health programs of Eden including supported housing and employment programs for individuals dealing with significant mental health issues.  Subsidized counselling services through Recovery of Hope helps individuals and families on lower incomes, access needed support.  The good news is that with the right supports and services, individuals can recover from mental illness.  This year we especially want to support badly needed renovations to Enns Courts in Winkler and Wilson Courts in Steinbach.

Your participation in this biking fundraiser can help us maintain this valuable service, restoring hope and healing in people's lives.

September 7th, 2013       9:00 a.m start

Registration Time: 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. at Colert Beach (west of Morden)

Barbeque at noon followed by prize awards

How do I collect pledges?

  1.  Circulate the sponsor pledge sheet among your friends and acquaintances.
  2. Check the online registration and donation tool at www.edenhealthcare.ca.
  3. Let sponsors know that any contribution of $10 or more will be receipted by our office.
  4. We request a minimum of $100 in donations from each rider.
  5. It may be helpful to place your larger contributors at the top of your list so others are challenged to "meet or beat" that contribution.
  6. Be prepared to let supporters know the cause their contribution is going toward.
  7. Cheques should be made out to the Eden Foundation.
  8. You and your co-workers, together with your employer may choose to register a corporate team.  Call (204) 325-5355 for details.
  9. Try to collect all the pledges and bring them to the event on September 7th or hand them in before the ride at the Eden Health Care office, 309 Main Street, Winkler

  • Your $20 registration fee helps cover the cost of T-shirt, prizes, refreshments and barbeque.

  • Prize for the top fund raiser – bicycle donated by Tinker Creek Cycle and Wiebe’s Trenching

  • Draw for Bicycle #2 – Fundraisers from $,1000 and up donated by Back Alley Cycle, Altona

  • Draw for Bicycle #3 – Fundraisers from $100 - $1,000

  • Challenge for group participation, (e.g. youth groups, work place, friends), combine your efforts and the group with the highest amount of pledges will be awarded the Head for the Hills Trophy

  • Many other prizes given away and your participation makes you eligible.

What Can I Expect on the ride?

Join us for a 32 km. group ride along the Trans Canada Trail Southwest of Morden and Winkler.  The trail starts at Colert Beach west of Morden, skirts Lake Minnewasta and climbs the north shore connecting with the Stanley Trail.  After crossing the Dead Horse Creek, the trail climbs to the south, out of the valley and into a wooded, rolling single-track for several kilometres with open views of the valley.  
Leaving the single-track, (1st rest stop) the trail follows quiet dirt and gravel roads past undulating farmland and marshes.  After 7 miles, the trail enters a pasture road that climbs the escarpment, (2nd rest stop) winding through grassland on the edge of oak stands, passing an old Mennonite cemetery.  

This leads to the final section of trail which is entirely wooded single-track through oak and poplar stands along the creeks of the Pembina escarpment.  This portion of the ride offers physically challenging climbs and descents as well as incredible scenery along the route.  

The colours can be quite breathtaking this time of year.  Note that there are 2 rest stops along the way including refreshments and port-a-potties as well as a “sag wagon” to pick you up if needed.   

Alternate road route options take you along rolling country roads. Trained volunteers are also on hand to provide first aid and technical support if needed.  

We finish 2 miles from the US border on a hill overlooking the Red River Valley.  There will be a shelter provided for you to relax under as we wait for all riders to complete.  The barbeque will begin once all riders arrive at noon with the awards presentations right after.  You and your bike will then be transported back to the starting area at Colert Beach by mid afternoon.

Join Us!

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