Ride for Relief raises over $30,000 for mental health

Peninsula Hot Springs has once again supported mental health and the importance of personal wellbeing by hosting Ride for Relief 2019 to raise funds for Mentis Assist. Mentis Assist is a Mornington Peninsula based 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, wellbeing and unique experiences is at the core of our business.  We are delighted to host Ride for Relief for the second year running and to be able to support an event that focuses on wellbeing,” said Charles Davidson, Chair and co-Founder of Peninsula Hot Springs.

“Mental health issues are not discriminatory and affect so many people from all walks of life.  For more than 30 years Mentis Assist has provided specialised support for thousands of people; helping them to become active participants in the community, while assisting them to be the best they can be.  We are thrilled to be a community partner of Mentis Assist and to support the great work they do.”, Mr. Davidson said. 

More than 40 Ride for Relief participants took off early on Sunday 20th October from Peninsula Hot springs, following either a 51km or 106km scenic bike 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 a morning tea break at either Arthurs Seat or Sorrento, where they enjoyed a variety of refreshments, coffees and cakes which were kindly donated by Arthurs Seat Eagle and The Boss’s Daughter café. 

Ride for Relief 2019 has raised $30,270 so far with more donations still coming in including sponsorship support from National Australia Bank Mornington, Searoad Ferries and Ashfords Accountants and Advisory. 

“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, but also provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the prevalence of mental health issues in our community and the services that are available to those in need”, said Terry Palioportas, Mentis Assist CEO.  

“We thank Peninsula Hot Springs for their ongoing support, everyone who helped organise the event, and of course all of the participants.  Mentis Assist will use the funds raised to 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 ended with a healthy lunch provided by Peninsula Hot Springs, followed by an afternoon of bathing in the natural geothermal mineral-rich waters to help relax and restore those tired muscles while also enjoying the sounds of classical music co-incidentally being played by the Mornington Peninsula Chamber Musicians who were performing in an event to celebrate Seniors Week. 

Ride for Relief Ambassadors and champion bike riders Phil Anderson and Steele von Hoff shared their personal experience with mental health during lunch and awards were presented for King and Queen of the Mountain (first up Arthurs Seat) and also to the person who raised the most money for Mentis Assist. 
An anonymous rider said “Ride for Relief is a fantastic community initiative designed to raise awareness about mental health. You become fitter and healthier while at the same time as breaking down the stigma and silence around mental illness. What's more is that you feel part of a team committed to a common cause!” 

Another rider said “As a participant for the second time I congratulate the team at Peninsula Hot Springs for a well organised and successful event. Being part of the Ride for Relief team is a buzz because you share the great work with a great bunch of people all working towards a common goal. The achievement of that goal makes it all worthwhile.”

If you would like to donate to support mental health or would like more information about Ride for Relief, please visit https://rideforrelief2019.blac...