Har­bour Grace teen in­spired by Olympian

Clara Hughes’ Big Ride rolls into Bay Roberts

The Compass - - OPINION -

giv­ing con­di­tions.

“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.

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