Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk reaches British Columbia tomorrow

Arriving in Victoria tomorrow, May 15, Clara Hughes continues the journey to a stigma-free Canada in Nanaimo, Vancouver, Hope, Merritt, Kelowna, Osoyoos, Grand Forks, Nelson, Creston and Cranbrook

WHITEHORSE, YT, May 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Starting tomorrow and for the next 14 days, Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes brings the Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk to communities across British Columbia.

Today, on Day 62 of Clara's Big Ride, and after riding more than 700 kilometres on the Dempster Highway from Inuvik, NT to Dawson City, YT, Clara is in Whitehorse. She's taking part in a community walk starting at 11:50 am at the Main Street Wharf and will attend a barbeque and concert at the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre at 5:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.

"I've met so many wonderful people and heard so many moving stories at school events and community gatherings as I've journeyed across Canada's territories. I'd like to thank the great people of Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and everyone here in Yukon for their warm welcome and clear commitment to a Canada free of stigma around mental illness," said Clara. "I'm really looking forward to sharing mental health stories with people in BC starting tomorrow!"

Clara arrives in Victoria tomorrow and will attend a welcome event at the Legislative Assembly at 3 pm. At 7:30 pm, Clara will attend Hats off to Clara Hughes, a celebration and fundraiser for the Bipolar Disorder Society at Victoria's Public Market, 1701 Douglas Street.

Clara's Big Ride in British Columbia
Clara will visit the following communities during her Ride through British Columbia:

VictoriaMay 15 to 16
NanaimoMay 16 to 17
VancouverMay 17 to 19
HopeMay 19 to 20
MerrittMay 20 to 21
KelownaMay 21 to 22
OsoyoosMay 22 to 23
Grand ForksMay 23 to 24
NelsonMay 24 to 26
CrestonMay 26 to 27
CranbrookMay 27 to 28

Each day of Clara's Big Ride in British Columbia includes presentations at schools and other community events organized by local Community Champions. More details on daily events and the Big Ride Community Champions can be found at

"We're so grateful for the leadership and hard work of our Community Champions in British Columbia and across the country. They are key to growing the mental health conversation and helping to make all our communities stigma free," said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk. "With the support of these great local partners, Clara's Big Ride is growing awareness, acceptance and action at the grassroots level right across Canada."

Share in Clara's Big Ride
Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk began on March 14 and will cover 12,000 kilometres through every province and territory before concluding in Ottawa on Canada Day, July 1. Everyone can participate in the Ride through community events and social media. Please visit or follow the latest Ride news on Twitter at @Bell_LetsTalk or on Facebook at

Clara's Big Ride is powered by our National Partners – Aimia, BMO, Canadian Tire, Cisco, Lundbeck, President's Choice and Samsung – who are providing significant support for the Ride. For more information, please visit

Bell Let's Talk
Bell Let's Talk promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns, like Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk and Bell Let's Talk Day, and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit


SOURCE: Bell Canada

For further information: Jacqueline Michelis, Bell Media Relations, 613 785-1427,


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