Ride for Relief
Be part of our charity Cycling & Bathing event
Peninsula Hot Springs is excited to announce that we will be hosting ‘Ride for Relief’—a unique charity & bathing event that will raise funds and awareness to support the one in five Australians affected by mental illness each year.
The funds raised from this event will go to our charity partner Mentis Assist, a not-for-profit, Melbourne organisation that provides specialised mental health services for people living with diagnosed mental illnesses (and their carers). These funds will be used to promote accessible mental health and physical wellbeing opportunities that work to build strong and resilient individuals and communities.
Through both our partnership with Mentis Assist and our offering of mindful and relaxing bathing experiences in nature, Peninsula Hot Springs is committed to supporting mental health.
Sunday 21st October 2018
On the morning of Sunday 21 October, our group of riders will meet at Peninsula Hot Springs to take off on a spectacular scenic ride around Mornington Peninsula (just over 100km and 1000m vertical). 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.
The ride will finish at Peninsula Hot Springs where participants will enjoy a delicious set lunch and then can unwind, relax and recover by bathing in the natural geothermal mineral-rich water.
Participants should be confident riding in a bunch of 30 riders at 28-35kph on a flat surface.
The cost of registration to each rider is $180 (actual value for each rider is worth over $300) as well as the fundraising commitment.
– Ride with on-road support vehicles and crew
– Morning tea stop, water, and snacks
– A fundraising target of $500 per rider to raise much-needed funds for Mentis Assist
– Lunch and hot springs bathing at Peninsula Hot Springs after the ride
– 2 x take-home bathing vouchers to invite a friend who may be living with mental health challenges
– Ride for Relief jersey made by Santini
– Peninsula Hot Springs 60 minutes signature body massage is available for all riders at $100 extra (RPP $150)
Look out for our early bird offer with registrations before 31 July
For more information please download the Ride for Relief brochure (you will need to save the file to your computer and then email as an attachment if wishing to fill in the Expression of Interest form).
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiry
stories from Mentis Assist
Mentis Assist helps many Australians living with mental health conditions. Read some of their stories below and discover more about their valuable work and how the funds raised could be used.
Eliza was 47 years of age when she was referred to the Mentis Assist Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS) program. She was on the verge of bankruptcy and living with depression and substance use. She believed she didn’t deserve any better. In just nine months, gentle guidance and support from Mentis Assist uncovered Eliza’s true personality – a smart, caring, likable woman, with a great sense of humour.
Having been diagnosed with schizophrenia and suffering from mental illness for 30 years and recurring homelessness for five years, Murray’s self-esteem and confidence were at a real low point. Any improvements in his self-worth quickly deteriorated once he found himself back on the streets.
Murray was finally introduced to Mentis Assist’s homeless team, who helped Murray work through the sitgma attached to homelessness and change the way he saw himself. The team also provided him with the tools to overcome adversity and most importantly to link back with his family, with whom he had no contact for 10 years.
Emma, a 49-year-old mother of two, felt helpless and as though her life was not worth living when she was diagnosed with bipolar and borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. It took two years, but with Mentis Assist’s personalized and collaborative assistance, Emma slowly began to rebuild her life.