West Kelowna resident bikes across British Columbia to raise mental health awareness – Lake Country Calendar

About a year ago Sam Biffart bought a new gravel bike and it all took off from there.

A year has now passed and the West Kelowna resident is cycling across the province to raise funds for mental health.

When he first got the bike, he took a trip with it, stopping at different hotels along the way, and began to love the feeling of riding the bike from place to place.

“I just fell in love with the very idea of ​​(that) and pushing your mind and body to overcome challenges,” Biffart said.

After the trip, the 22-year-old was trying to find ways to meet the next challenge and that’s when he got the idea to cross into British Columbia.

“For me, the only thing I’ve really considered doing for a fundraiser is something that’s personal to me and that would be mental health,” Biffart said. “I’ve always struggled with social anxiety and thought this would be a great way to bring awareness to something that’s personal to me. I think mental health is extremely relevant right now, with COVID and all .

Biffart started looking for charities and organizations to partner with and when he came across Third Space Charity he knew straight away it would be a good fit as they target people between the ages of 18 and 30. to help them with their mental health.

Third Space immediately loved the idea, put the plans in motion and created a donation page.

After months of setting up the ride and route, Biffart started in Victoria on Sunday, June 5. Barely a week into the journey, Biffart averages around 100 kilometers a day, but has also faced many challenges, from washed out trails to missing. bridges. Throughout the first week, more than 100 kilometers were added by turning around and taking another route.

He tries to walk the Trans Canada Trail as much as possible.

“It’s been a pretty crazy ride so far,” Biffart said. “Each day had its complications but each day was also a success.”

Biffart also says he hopes to finish June 20 or 21 in Kananaskis, Alta. He would also like to thank all his sponsors for supporting him throughout the adventure.

To make a donation to the Biffart inter-province trek, click here and to follow it throughout the walk, follow it here.

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