Clara’s Big Ride Arrives In Sarnia

Clara Hughes brings her bike tour for mental health to Lambton College Tues. Mar 18, 2014

A couple hundred people gathered at Lambton College to welcome six-time Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes to Sarnia Tuesday evening.

Sarnia is the fifth stop for Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk, which is scheduled to visit 95 communities over a 12,000 km journey to raise awareness about mental health.

Before Hughes took the stage, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley and College President Judy Morris addressed the crowd.

Mayor Bradley made mention that tragically, Sarnia has been a community that has experienced youth suicide.

Hughes says it’s something that she was aware of.

She also acknowledged the recent passing of an OHL player, saying it underscores her message about mental health.

In honour of her arrival, Lambton College hosted a Mental Health Day including an indoor bike relay from 11 am to 5pm in the cafeteria.

She will speak to students at St. Patrick’s High School Wednesday morning before cycling to London.

Clara’s Big Ride is expected to end in Ottawa for Canada Day.