Ride Don’t Hide founder discusses event in Nanaimo

NANAIMO – Michael Schratter spent 18 months cycling 40,000 km across the globe.

The founder of the national Ride Don’t Hide campaign will be in Nanaimo to talk about this year’s event.

Michael Schratter, a Vancouver teacher living with bipolar disorder, spent almost 18 months cycling 40,000 km around the globe to raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association and raise awareness of mental illness.

Thousands of cyclists will support the community bike ride in June with the goal to raise $1 million.

“Ride Don’t Hide is an opportunity to come together as a community and say mental health is important to me, and it’s OK to talk about,” said Jason Harrison, acting executive director of CMHA Mid Island, in a press release.

Schratter’s event is set for April 22, 6:30 p.m., at Beban Park social centre. Registration is required by calling 250-244-4042, ext. 2 or e-mail gwen.vonarx@cmha.bc.ca.