Move for Mental Health a Huge Success!
On September 10, 2017, The MHASWNJ held its first ever Move for Mental Health Charity Bike Ride. One hundred and forty riders took part in the ride that featured three different routes of five miles, 25 miles, and 50 miles. Riders included members from various cycling clubs in the South Jersey area, MHASWNJ Board Members, students, family members, friends, and neighbors. The event was supported by 30 volunteers and sponsored by Mary’s Fund, Holman Automotive, Wegmans, Instinct Graphics, The Center for Emotional Health, South Jersey Psychopharmacology, Just Six Club, and Honey Stinger. The ride raised $6,000 for The MHASWNJ’s programs and services.
The event came to fruition through the efforts of Sami Sorid, Lenape High School Senior. Sami was diagnosed at a young age with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and has struggled with the disorder her entire life. She wanted to join her two passions, bicycling and mental health awareness in a way that benefitted the community. Sami spent a year working with The MHASWNJ’s Executive Director, Anthony Davis, community organizations and businesses, family, friends, neighbors, teachers, and her fellow students at Lenape to bring the ride to life.
Sami’s hard work paid off as the event was a huge success. Some very special people to thank for the event’s success are The Mount Laurel EMS and police for all of their support and the Mount Laurel Police Unity Tour Team for its generous donation, Mount Laurel Bagels, Mr. Cattani & Mrs. Stansbury for facilitating support from Lenape High School, MHASWNJ Executive Director, Anthony Davis, Dennis Dahms for donating water, Team Evesham for its generous donation from the Board of Directors, Sandy Student and Dave Bennis for their support (Directors of Team Evesham), Brad Davis for his help planning the bike routes and laying out road arrows, Phil Yoke for helping to lay out road arrows, and Joanne Pinney for taking pictures the day of the event.