Ride for Relief 2019
be part of our annual charity cycling & bathing event
After the successful delivery of our first charity cycling event, Ride for Relief, which raised over $18,000 last year, Peninsula Hot Springs is again committing to support Australians suffering from mental illness.
Sunday 20th October, 2019
our riders will meet at Peninsula Hot Springs to take off on a spectacular scenic ride around Mornington Peninsula. There are two courses to choose from – 51km or 106km. 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 healthy set lunch and then unwind, relax and recover by bathing in our natural geothermal mineral-rich waters.
The funds raised from this event will go to our charity partner Mentis Assist, a not-for-profit mental health support service that provides specialised mental health services for people (and their carers) living with a diagnosed mental illness in and outside of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Mentis Assist will use these funds to promote accessible mental health and physical wellbeing opportunities that work to build strong and resilient individuals and communities.
The point of difference
Ride for Relief is unique in that it is a boutique event that allows a maximum of only 57 participants. This creates an intimate team environment in which mental health can be discussed and personal stories can be shared throughout the day.
The cost of registration for each rider is $195 as well as a fundraising commitment. Click on the button below to register your interest. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Bade Stapleton on 0407 114 439.
Look out for our early bird option for registrations before 14 July, registration is reduced to $180 per rider.
- Your choice of a 51km or 106km ride with on-road support vehicles and crew
- Morning tea and cakes at a café, plus water and bars/gels carried in a support vehicle
- Buffet-style lunch at Peninsula Hot Springs (valued at $45)
- A talk by a professional athlete sharing their personal journey
- Recovery bathing session at Peninsula Hot Springs with towel, robe and locker hire (valued at $75)
- Bathing passes for two for a return visit (valued at $110)
- Ride for Relief team jersey for wearing during the event (new design for 2019 valued at $90)
- Optional 60-minute signature full body recovery massage in the Spa Dreaming Centre at a discounted rate of $100 (usually $150) – limited bookings available
- A training program by Connect Sport Australia to help you prepare for the event
Actual value per rider $300+
two courses to choose from
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.