According to statistics, an estimated one in five Australians are affected by mental illness every year. Peninsula Hot Springs has embraced this cause by hosting the Ride for Relief to raise funds for Mentis Assist, a not-for-profit mental health support service that provides specialised mental health services for people living with a diagnosed mental illness and their carers.
“At Peninsula Hot Springs we are focused on wellbeing through mindful and relaxing experiences that help people connect with nature and each other. We are delighted to be able to host an event that also has a focus on wellbeing,” said Charles Davidson, Peninsula Hot Springs.
“Mental health issues affect so many people across the community. For more than 30 years Mentis Assist has provided specialised support for thousands of people from all walks of life. We are more than happy to support their work locally and across Melbourne.”
The Ride for Relief took off from Peninsula Hot springs on Sunday morning, with cyclists following a spectacular 107km scenic ride around the Mornington Peninsula. This ride was professionally arranged and fully supported by Connect Sport Australia and included lead riders, a bike mechanic and first aid specialist. Riders enjoyed their first break at Arthurs Seat, where they enjoyed a variety of refreshments, coffees and cakes which were kindly donated by Arthurs Seat Eagle.
Ride for Relief raised $18,668.80 with more donations still coming in. Another $1,176 will be added to this total from the Hot Springs RUOK? Day held earlier this year.
Mentis Assist is pleased to partner with Peninsula Hot Springs in this unique event. “Events like Ride for Relief not only raise much-needed funds, they also raise awareness of the prevalence of mental health issues in our community and the services that people can reach out to for support”, said
Terry Palioportas, CEO of Mentis Assist.
“We thank Peninsula Hot Springs for their support, everyone who helped organise the Ride for Relief, and of course all of the participants. It was a big ride and great to see so many people enjoy a well-deserved soak in the springs afterwards. Mentis Assist will use the funds raised to help alleviate homelessness and help people get those extra resources that we take for granted, such as white goods, furniture, school books, funds to access social and sporting activities – all aimed to assist people to become active members of the community and provide hope for the future.”
The ride finished with lunch at Peninsula Hot Springs, the perfect place to unwind, relax and recover in the natural geothermal mineral-rich waters. Mentis Assist PAG member Graeme Prowd, and Charles Davidson, Hot Springs founder, both shared their personal experiences with mental illness and awards were presented to the King and Queen of the Mountain (first up Arthurs Seat), to the person who raised the most money and a special recognition award.
Riders were pumped and it was a perfect day. Many participants vowed to return again next year and thanked the organisers for such a great event. As one participant said, it was “a great first up event that was run so professionally…I’d love to be back to help again”
Another rider said “I was so honoured to be a part of your inaugural “Ride for Relief’ event.
The event was absolutely wonderful, so well organised, and would recommend it to anyone. I were extremely impressed with your research to find a charity where, the money raised gets to the people in need and thank you for sharing your own personal story, it was so touching. As you said, everyone is touched by mental health issues (some more than others), it is such an important issue today, one that is not supported nearly enough… far from it in fact."