Record number of riders Head for the Hills

Despite the wet weather volunteers and participants were in high spirits at the Eden Mental Health Head for the HIlls event, Sept. 8. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

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Hundreds of cyclists braved the rain to take part in the 16th annual Head for the Hills fundraiser for the Eden Foundation on Sept. 8. Rain early in the day forced a change to the route, but riders donned their rain-wear and made the best of it.
Earl Reimer, Director of Development for Eden Foundation said they set a record for registration with 251, thanks to a large volume of riders registering on the day of the ride. They raised $121,000.
“We as an organization are very grateful for the participation of cyclists, corporate sponsors who helped us cover the costs associated with this event and we’re very grateful to the people who supported the cyclists in their fundraising efforts,” Reimer said. “The fact that we had more than 40 people register on the day of the ride speaks volumes to us.”
“What a powerful message it is when people would come out when it was becoming increasingly apparent that the weather was going to be less than ideal, to support the work improving mental health for people on that journey,” he added. “Challenging weather and the associated discomfort is temporary, while mental health requires sustained vigilance and effort.”
CEO Kym Kaufmann has been on the job for just over a week, and decided last minute to ride in the event.
“This is incredible,” she said as the riders prepared to start. “I’m blown away by the support of the community and the surrounding area.”
“I just think it’s amazing to be a part of this.”
Morden-Winkler MLA and newly named Health Minister Cameron Friesen thanked participants for making the event a priority. “Eden is essential, both to our community and many others as well,” he said.

Despite the wet weather volunteers and participants were in high spirits at the Eden Mental Health Head for the HIlls event, Sept. 8. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

Despite the wet weather volunteers and participants were in high spirits at the Eden Mental Health Head for the HIlls event, Sept. 8. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

Despite the wet weather volunteers and participants were in high spirits at the Eden Mental Health Head for the HIlls event, Sept. 8. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

Despite the wet weather volunteers and participants were in high spirits at the Eden Mental Health Head for the HIlls event, Sept. 8. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

Despite the wet weather volunteers and participants were in high spirits at the Eden Mental Health Head for the HIlls event, Sept. 8. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

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