Harbour Grace teen inspired by Olympian
Clara Hughes’ Big Ride rolls into Bay Roberts
“Everything I did in sport led me to have this opportunity,” said Hughes. “The biggest opportunity I’ve had in my life was to have the chance to talk about going through depression.”
Light at the end Hughes is also the spokesperson for the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, which to date has raised some $5.4 million for mental health awareness.
“Reading the essay by Rebekah gave me so much insight into what a teenager is feeling, what they are doing with it and that’s part of the message that we’re going to bring to Ottawa on Canada Day,” she said. “We have a long way to go when it comes to proper resources, access to resources and care for all Canadians, but I feel it starts with all of us.
“It is something that is going to change.”
At the end of the event, Rebekah was given back her essay. However, there was a special message written on the cover from Hughes.
“That actually meant a lot,” she said. Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes (left), Peter Guzman (centre) and Mark Walters are seen biking on the Trans-Canada Highway near the turnoff for Goose Pond en route to Bay Roberts on April 26. Bay Roberts youngster William Parsons (left) gets a little help with some Spider-Man face paint from Leah Clarke.