A ride to remember

Supporting mental health through cycling 

At lunchtime last Sunday, 18 weary but exhilarated cyclists rolled into Peninsula Hot Springs after an incredible 107km journey around the Mornington Peninsula that raised over $18,000 for charity organisation Mentis Assist.

Our inaugural Ride for Relief, which began at the hot springs, was a challenging tour through the spectacular and diverse landscape of the peninsula. Participants took in the sights of the beautiful hinterland of Red Hill, Main Ridge and Flinders; ocean views from the iconic Point Nepean National Park; and the stunning panorama at the top of the Arthurs Seat. Following the steep hill climb, guests were treated to some delicious coffee and cakes kindly supplied by the team at the Arthurs Seat Eagle cafe, who share our commitment to mental health causes.

The riders, plus seven support crew members, gladly sat down to a nourishing meal at our Spa Dreaming Centre Cafe at the conclusion of the ride. Peninsula Hot Springs co-founder, Charles Davidson, and another guest shared their personal mental health journeys with the team over lunch. The day finished with a well-deserved and much-appreciated recovery session in our geothermal mineral pools.

All of this was to raise funds for Peninsula Hot Springs charity partner, Mentis Assist — an organisation that supports those living with mental illness and their carers. So far the event team has raised an incredible $18,000 for this cause, which will be provided to help alleviate homelessness and provide a range of resources to those experiencing mental health struggles, such as housing, school books and uniforms, and access to sporting and community associations.

The day was such an enjoyable and successful event that participants are already talking about Ride for Relief 2019.

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