15 September, 2017

Amazing Head for the Hills 2017

On Saturday September 9th Eden Foundation offered up the 15th Annual Head for the Hills cycling event.  The weather was warm and sunny with a strong southern breeze.  There were 222 cyclists registered from across Manitoba, many of the riders returning with some having ridden every years since the event began.  Then there was also a collection of brand new cyclists taking part.

Both routes were very well prepared, local cycling enthusiasts having maintained the single-track trail sections meticulously with signs posted to make sure everyone knew where to go and the municipality grading the road route for the gravel-grind route.

The energy of all the cyclists seemed to fuel a sense of community that was contagious.  Eden Foundation gave away three bicycles courtesy of Time-Out Sports in Winkler, Olympia Cycle and Crystal Spring Equipment along with numerous prizes including Winnipeg Blue Bomber tickets and four different Winnipeg Jets jerseys.  Every fund-raiser was awarded with something as a way of saying ‘thank you’.

Participants ranged in age from nine years of age through 80 years of age.  The routes were laid out in such a fashion that regardless of age or ability everyone participating could enjoy the ride and could complete it.  The only incident to report was someone being stung by a wasp and having a negative reaction.  The Emergency Action Plan was engaged and the individual was transported to Boundary Trails Hospital as a precautionary measure, was treated and released.

Next year’s Head for the Hills cycling event is scheduled for Saturday 8 September 2018.

The $170,000 collected by cyclists continue to make a huge difference in the lives of people on a mental health journey.  Provincial funding for mental health programing and services covers much less than the community expects and the additional resources make it possible to come closer in meeting the expectations of our community.

– Significant renovations to our housing facilities is progressing.

– Resources are being gathered to provide a safe play area for children living at Enns Courts.

– New library resources are being purchased for our Mental Health Wellness Library.

– More than 1700 counselling sessions with Recovery of Hope are possible because of these funds.

These are just a few of the additional services that are made possible as a result of the generosity of the community.

To view the gallery of pictures that Wes Ens took at the event, please click HERE.