Clara’s Big Ride comes to Hope

Cycling and speed skating Olympian speaks at Hope Secondary School on May 19

Clara Hughes will visit Hope on May 19 for a special event.

Olympian Clara Hughes is stopping in Hope on Monday as part of her Big Ride tour across Canada for Bell Let’s Talk.

Organized by Hope Mental Health and a local planning committee, Riding the Road to Hope and Beyond celebrates the accomplishments and talents of people with lived experience of mental health and others who support Clara’s Big Ride.

“It’s a celebration of resilience and strength, and an opportunity for the community to connect and build acceptance,” said Amanda Jackson, a local mental health case manager. “Clara is all about bringing heart to different communities, connecting communities and showing that whatever your disability is or the hardships you’ve been through, you can find passion and strength whether it’s in football, music, or arts and celebrate that and reach out to other people.”

Hope is the only small community that Hughes will be visiting on her tour in B.C. after stopping in Victoria and Vancouver. The six-time Olympic cycling and speed skating medalist began Clara’s Big Ride in March, which spans over 12,000 kilometres and concludes in Ottawa on Canada Day. The goal is to raise awareness about mental health and help end the stigma surrounding mental illness.

The local event will be emceed by Peter Adamo, who has hosted hundreds of live events including events for the Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions and Live Nation. Artwork by local artists, and artists from Stepping Stone Clubhouse and My Artists Corner in Burnaby will be displayed. There will also be performances from local musicians, Chawathil First Nation and Cheamview Clubhouse.

Riding the Road to Hope and Beyond gets underway at 7 p.m. on May 19 at Hope Secondary School. Doors open at 6:46 p.m. Admission is free, and desserts and beverages will be served.

Just Posted

Hope mothers work together to improve access, connections for autistic children

Families with autistic children in rural areas have difficulty accessing resources, each other

UPDATE: Man with gunshot wound drives into ditch on Chilliwack River Road

Serious crimes investigators believe early morning shooting to be targeted

No red flags in expense audit, says former Fraser Health boss who fired Murray

Wynne Powell said report showed need for tighter rules, but didn’t suggest abuse of expense claims

WATCH: Rally at MP’s office Friday in Chilliwack to stop KM pipeline

Water samples from Chilliwack rivers were delivered to MP Strahl’s office in a symbolic gesture

Editor’s view: A Hopeful start to the community’s first 10 km run

Good mix of pomp and circumstance, variable terrain and silliness at Sunday’s run

Vancouver Aquarium’s resident octopus released into ocean

Staff let the Giant Pacific octopus go into the waters near Bowen Island so she can reproduce

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

Calving season brings hope for Cariboo ranchers

Still a lot of work ahead to recover from the wildfires

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old fwon the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

B.C. pooches celebrate National Puppy Day

Check out some of the submissions from around B.C. for National Puppy Day 2018

Alberta tells B.C. to stop opposing pipelines if it doesn’t like gas prices

John Horgan said he would like to see the federal government step in to deal with high gas prices.

B.C. mother hit in truck rampage dies

Family confirms mother of four Kelly Sandoval dies almost two months after being hit.

B.C. officials failed to tell Kiwis Fraser Health CEO had been fired in 2014

New Zealand spending scandal exposes Dr. Nigel Murray 2014 exit from B.C. job

PHOTOS: Students exhibit stunning paper couture dresses

22 paper made gowns will be on display at Vancouver’s Oakridge Centre until March 27

Most Read