Olympic cyclist to stop in Truro on cross-country ride

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TRURO – Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes is stopping in Truro in March as part of her cross-Canada cycling trek to raise awareness about mental health.

Canadian Olympic champion Clara Hughes

Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk will cover 12,000 kilometres in 110 days and stop in 95 communities in 10 provinces and territories.

She will arrive in Truro on April 14, and depart for Halifax the following day.

At each location along the way, Hughes will meet with the community and deliver her message about mental health and the importance of having open conversations to help break down the stigma that surrounds the issue.

During her stop in Truro, Hughes will have both Elaine Campbell and Susan Henderson of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s local branch as community champions.

“Our Community Champions are an incredible group of Canadians dedicated to helping achieve a stigma-free Canada,” said Hughes in a press release for the ride. “I want to thank them for their passion and commitment to growing the mental health conversation. Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk would not be possible without them.”

Clara’s Big Ride begins March 14 in Toronto and concludes in Ottawa on Canada Day.

On her national bicycle tour through every province and territory, Canada’s six-time Olympic cycling and speed-skating medalist will invite people in communities large and small into the mental health conversation and share her own story of mental health challenges.

For more information on Clara’s Big Ride, visit http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/claras-big-ride.

Organizations: Big Ride, Susan Henderson, Canadian Mental Health Association

Geographic location: Truro, Canada, Halifax Toronto Ottawa

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