Ride Don’t Hide raises to first

The local Ride Don’t Hide team was bumped into first place after generous donation by the Bannister Family.

Vernon’s local Ride Don’t Hide became the top fundraising team in Canada thanks to the incredible support from the community.

The Ride Don’t Hide event took place on June 25, and the fundraising goal was doubled. It was a $12,000 gift supporting Liam’s Lunar Monkeys from the Bannister Family that bumped them ahead into first place.

With the added raised funds, the team’s total was almost tripled from their original goal of $20,000 to over $58,000.

In memory of Liam Hack who died in 2016 from suicide, Liam’s Lunar Monkeys raised over $31,000.

“Our family is so touched to see how the community has come out to support mental healthy in honour of Liam,” said Liam’s parents Jay Hack and Sheila Stainton.

It is Hack’s and Stainton’s hopes to prevent other families from going through the experience of losing a loved one from mental illness by telling their story.

“We wanted to share our story to create the discussion about youth suicide in our community and continue to help break down the stigma,” said Hack and Stainton.

CMHA Executive Director Julia Payson said it is very important to recognize the importance of youth mental health.

“It is because of brave people and families in our community sharing their stories about mental health that we can continue to break down the stigma that prevents people from seeking help,” said Payson.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds in BC and through a survey it was found that in one year, five per cent of youth had made a suicide attempt and 12 per cent gave it serious thought.

Ride Don’t Hide is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in support of mental health and with the goal to end the stigma around mental illness.

Just Posted

Popular stories from the week

Every Saturday, the Capital News highlights popular stories from the week

Mining led to mass production, says UBCO prof

Without destructive mining, mass production and consumption would not be possible

Grease fire contained in West Kelowna

Crews responded at 11:40 a.m. this morning

Veteran reporter to stay at Global Okanagan

Blaine Gaffney was given a layoff notice after a miscommunication

In Photos: UBCO Heat teaches basketball skills

The women’s team visited Ellison Elementary Wednesday and Thursday

What’s happening

Check out what is happening this weekend in the Okanagan-Shuswap.

Oil Kings slide past Rockets in shootout

Ex-Rocket Tomas Soustal scores in Edmonton win Saturday over hometown Kelowna

Canucks came out hot, beat Bruins 6-1

Loui Eriksson scores twice, catapulting Vancouver to a lopsided victory over Boston

Vancouver artist’s cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

Cartoon shows football coach, one of the victims, meeting others killed in school shootings

Trudeau family arrives in India for state visit

Seven-day visit includes meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Military seeks DNA experts to help ID missing war dead

Federal program recovers, identifies and arranges burials for Canada’s nearly 28,000 missing war dead

Ski Patrol and SAR search for missing skier

Man’s truck found in Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s parking lot covered in ‘several days’ snow’

B.C. man brings dog to court as ‘best witness’

Man is defending himself on charges of uttering threats, possessing weapon for dangerous purposes

B.C. files new legal action against TransMountain pipeline

Province tries to uphold City of Burnaby bylaws, provoking Alberta

Most Read