Everyone is invited when Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk rolls into Vancouver tomorrow!

  • Join Vancouver Whitecaps FC players Omar Salgado, Sam Adekugbe and Nicolas Mezquida and comedian Kevin Breel as we welcome Clara Hughes back to Vancouver

  • Festivities at Jack Poole Plaza start at 1 pm tomorrow, Clara is scheduled to ride in at approximately 1:45 pm after leaving Nanaimo in the morning


VANCOUVER, May 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Clara Hughes, Canada's 6-time Olympian and the nation's flag bearer for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, brings her Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk to Vancouver tomorrow Saturday May 17.

Tomorrow morning, Day 65 of her 110-day journey around Canada by bike, Clara will ride into Vancouver, arriving at Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place, at about 1:45 pm.

Festivities get under way at 1 pm with emcee, comedian and mental health activist Kevin Breel, special guests Vancouver Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi, Councillor Raymond Louie, Ride Don't Hide's Michael Schratter, and the ShowStoppers youth choir. Vancouver Whitecaps FC players Omar Salgado, Sam Adekugbe and Nicolas Mezquida will be signing autographs.

"I can't wait to be back in Vancouver! I have so many happy memories from the Winter Games and the wonderful, vibrant people of such a great and beautiful city," said Clara. "I'm really looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting so many new people. Everyone is welcome to come out and have a great time, join in the mental health conversation and help create a Canada free of the stigma around mental illness!"

While in Vancouver, Clara will also attend The Kettle Making a Difference – An Evening with Olympian Clara Hughes and Friends, an event to raise funds for The Kettle Society community mental health programs. For more information, please visit thekettle.ca.

Share in Clara's Big Ride
Everyone can participate in Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk through community events and social media. Please visit Bell.ca/ClarasBigRide or follow the latest Ride news on Twitter at @Bell_LetsTalk or on Facebook at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk. Clara's Big Ride began on a March 14 in Toronto and will have visited communities in every province and territory before concluding in Ottawa on Canada Day, July 1.

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.ca/ClarasBigRide/Partners.

About 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 Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

SOURCE: Bell Canada

For further information: Media inquiries: Jacqueline Michelis, Bell Media Relations, 613 785-1427, jacqueline.michelis@bell.ca


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