Monday, May 25, 2009

Kam to Salm 1

Monday May 25,
We had an amazing day today starting with interviews at two radio station morning shows in Kamloops - Steve and Cheryl at B100 and Stan and Hank at 98.3 CIFM. As well there were two interviews with the newspapers in town - Dale Bass at Kamloops This Week and Michelle Young at the Kamloops Daily News. We are really reaching larger audiences in our campaign of building awareness! Doug Sage, the Executive Director of the CMHA Kamloops branch had set up the interviews by drawing upon his numerous media contacts. Doug shared his personal philosophy on "friend raising" for mental health awareness which we all agreed was very aligned with our own approach.
Harry Erskine and I then headed off toward Salmon Arm. Both Harry and I had bike issues along the way and when we arrived in Salmon Arm we dropped in to the local bike shop - Skookum Cycle and Ski. Coincidentally the newspaper office, the Salmon Arm Observer was located right next door and Carol and Lindsay stopped in to drop off a brochure and to see if a reporter would to speak to us about the Ride For Mental Health. The next thing I knew Carol and Lindsay came into the bike shop with the writer/photographer in hand to take pictures of Harry and I as my bike was being worked on and to hear about the Ride. I'm sure there will be a great article tomorrow in the Salmon Arm Observer helping to raise awareness in this beautiful town.
After 108 Km's today we start out in the morning for Revelstoke. Looks like it will be a rainy 105 Km's tomorrow. The good news is we get another day closer to Calgary.
I hope everyone is staying tuned to the website as the response to the blog updates have been positive. Be sure to check out Simon Hung's collage of pictures, music and video at It is incredible.


  1. It was super talking to you. Best wishes on your trip and bigger best wishes to Lindsay for an incredible life.

  2. Hi Mel - I've been reading your updates as they are posted and feel the energy and passion you have for The Ride and the power of your message on mental health awareness. Hats off to you and your entire team and especially to Lindsay for sharing her story, so others can learn more. Take care and stay safe as you head east. Best wishes to you, Carol, Lindsay, Harry and your support team along the way. Keep the photos and updates coming. Sharon B.