Ride for Relief 2021

presented by National Australia Bank

This past year has been a challenging one for many, and it has never been more important to support people with mental illness. Peninsula Hot Springs and Mentis Assist reunite for the 4th annual Ride for Relief, a community event to build connection, promote mental health awareness, raise funds and support the immune system through the benefits of physical activity and hot springs bathing.

This year we will build on the success of Ride for Relief by introducing an epic 6-day tour along the Great Victorian Bathing Trail from Mallacoota and concluding at Peninsula Hot Springs on the Mornington Peninsula, in addition to the original 1-day ride.

* To receive the early bird offer, register by midnight, 30th May.

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Peninsula Hot Springs fundraiser for mental health

event summary

the 1-day ride

On the morning of Sunday 10th of October, 2021 (World Mental Health Day), riders will meet at Peninsula Hot Springs to take off on a spectacular scenic ride around the Mornington Peninsula. There are 3 ride options to choose from:
  • 53km recreational ride*
  • 108km intermediate ride* – paced approx 25kph
  • 108km advanced ride* – paced > 25kph

This professionally arranged and fully supported ride will be assisted by Connect Sport Australia and includes lead riders, a bike mechanic and first aid specialist.

All riders will finish at Peninsula Hot Springs, where participants can unwind, relax and recover by bathing in natural geothermal mineral-rich waters. All riders will also enjoy a healthy buffet- style lunch.

* Subject to demand – minimum 10+ riders required per ride

 

the 6-day tour

On Monday 4 October, the team bus will depart Peninsula Hot Springs, headed for Mallacoota. The group will ride south west back towards Mornington Peninsula, exploring some of the emerging bathing destinations along the Great Victorian Bathing Trail.

Riders will be fully supported by an on-road support crew including bike mechanic, first aid and massage. Accommodation and meals will be provided to ensure the riders are well rested and fuelled for the long days of riding ahead. They will also be provided with branded cycling kits and off-bike uniforms.

Safety is our number 1 priority. Riders will be provided with training advice to ensure they arrive at the event fit and ready to ride safely. Riders will be required to provide their own bike, helmet, shoes, wet weather gear, and pay the tour mechanics for any repair costs incurred whilst participating in Ride for Relief.

 

The story behind Ride for Relief

“It’s been 6 years since the passing of my brother and our co-founder Richard Davidson. His lasting signature can be seen everywhere you look at Peninsula Hot Springs. It was a visceral shock for everyone when he took his own life in February 2015 just when he had decided to move on to the next phase in his life after 18 years of contribution to the initial business. This tragedy underlies our commitment in supporting mental illness. As an accomplished environmental scientist, Richard helped to create the vision for this remarkable business, transforming the landscape from pastural land to the regenerated oasis you see today, 24 years on. As we take a moment to reflect on Richard’s contributions in creating Peninsula Hot Springs, it is important we acknowledge the very real mental health issues he faced which ultimately led to the difficult and tragic choice he made.

With wellness at the heart of everything we do, Richard’s passing drove our focus to supporting community physical and mental health and to identifying how we can all contribute to helping those in need. Championed by my wife Yuki and supported by myself, business partners, our board,
our leadership team and all of our Peninsula Hot Springs family, the desire to connect
and build a strong and resilient community runs deep.

We chose local organisation Mentis Assist as one of our key charity partners and created the Ride for Relief event to raise funds and awareness for mental health and to emphasise the importance of caring for our physical wellbeing and connection to others. Personally I feel a big commitment to support those in the community facing mental health challenges like that with which Richard struggled. We are very grateful, happy and honoured to see more people, businesses and organisations joining us in delivering Ride for Relief and building awareness of this life-threatening yet common illness.

As the seasons come and go here at Peninsula Hot Springs, Richard’s spirit lives on.”

Charles Davidson,
Co-Founder & Chairman, Peninsula Hot Springs

Testimonials

“Having only started cycling early this year.. I was a little nervous to participate in my first ‘event’ What better cause to support than Mentis Assist, a local organisation supporting those in need (especially in the year we had) with the added bonus the Peninsula Hot Springs hosting it. Not only was I raising vital money, I was riding around the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, ending with fabulous lunch, a massage to ease my aches and pains, finishing the day with a bathe. It was perfect! The added bonus was meeting the incredible cycling community that participated. I asked a million questions to ease my nerves in relation to the ride, and Yuki’s prompt reply’s calmed my nerves. The support and encouragement from team leaders and fellow participants on the day, truly blew me away. Information and training plan sent in the lead up made for the most enjoyable experience on the day. Highly recommend anyone join. The rewards far out weigh the kms ridden.
Thank you! Cannot wait to see you again next year.”  – Shari (2020) 

“Ride for Relief was a terrific experience, and even though I didn’t really know anyone at the start, I felt  very looked after and at home and loved getting to know the other riders on the ride. It was one of the best I’ve been on, with the support vehicles, coffee at the top of the hill (excellent motivation, and great food!), scenery and support! Macca (a lead rider) was hilarious, and Bade, I learnt a lot from riding just behind you at the front.  The relax massage was great, as was an hour in the springs after. I think both helped me wake up next morning feeling pretty awesome! Thanks again, top event.”
– Jayne (2019)

“I just wanted to send you a belated congratulations on the success of the inaugural Ride for Relief.  The event was perfectly organised, the route was most enjoyable, and the post ride visit to the Hot Springs was truly memorable.  I have had an interest in Mental Health issues for many years and I have done  four different charity cycles for the cause.  I like the fact that the money we raised is going to Mentis Assist, a local organisation on the Mornington Peninsula and I will be pleased to join you again next year when we will hopefully surpass our previous fundraising efforts.” – Tom (2018)

“Awesome event from start to finish, wonderful cause, fun people, classic course, safe and the most divine food and to top it off a soak in the thermal mineral springs to ease the body and mind…..spectacular! “ – John (2019)

 

“Thank you, “Ride for Relief” I had an amazing day. The inaugural day was a huge success thanks to the tireless effort of the organising team. Everyone had so much fun with lots of laughs riding through Mornington Peninsula’s stunning countryside. It was so comforting to know that all the money we raised together goes directly to those struggling with Mental Health. I even felt a little guilty eating such delicious food at the end and soothing our bodies in the Hot springs at the end of the day but now understand together we are making a difference.  Personally, I would highly recommend those contemplating joining us next year that is one of the most memorable days you will ever have riding around our beautiful Peninsula.” – Geoff (2018)

For event enquiries please contact: Yuki Davidson, Peninsula Hot Springs | 0425 74 3601 | yuki.davidson@peninsulahotsprings.com
Bade Stapleton, Connect Sport Australia | 0407 114 439 | bade@connectsport.com.au

about mentis assist

In partnership with Peninsula Hot Springs, Mentis Assist is committed to changing the lives of people with mental illness. Together we are building stronger and more resilient individuals and communities.
For more than 35 years Mentis Assist has provided specialised mental health support for thousands of the most seriously affected people with mental illness across South East Melbourne.
Your generosity provides Mentis Assist with flexible funding to help support those living with mental illness to access treatments, re-engage in their community, re-build their lives and to ultimately reduce the number of people who lose their lives to suicide each and every year and provide them instead, with hope for the future.

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