A couple of Libbie Young Centre staffers have put their bodies on the line for mental health by cycling from Calgary to Lloydminster which is a journey of some 600 kms.
Mallory Smith and Christie Wolanuk started their journey from Cowtown on Monday and organizers are planning a barbecue welcome for the duo on Thursday afternoon at the picnic area in Bud Miller Park.
Executive director Lori Neufeld who is driving the support vehicle for the cyclists says they wanted to highlight the importance of mental health and the work that takes place at Libbie Young.
“These two ladies are very devoted to mental health and believe in creating awareness locally and abroad. They are just very passionate and want to create awareness of the Libbie Young Centre and the services that we provide in support of mental health.”
Staffers are planning a welcome for the two-cyclists and anticipate they should arrive in Lloydminster around 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. Apart from the barbecue at the picnic shelter at Bud Miller, they will also have a number of games for kids, and as well entertain conversations as they seek to reduce the stigma around mental health. This event is free and open to everyone.
The Libbie Young mental health activities build up to Saturday night at the Gold Horse Casino for supper and a presentation on mental health from Kaleb Dahlgren.
“We are going to have a very nice dinner provided by Gold Horse Casino for all our sponsors and for any people who purchased tickets to hear our keynote speaker, Kaleb Dahlgren and his experience after the Humboldt Broncos crash,” says Neufeld.
She is thankful for all the community support especially this week with the events in support of mental health and the programs at Libbie Young.
More information can be found at the Libbie Young website and social media.