Mental Health Awareness

Sister of Providence Margo Shafer, far right, volunteered at the Wheelin’ for Healin’ event luncheon held at the Hunstville Legion.


Motorcycle enthusiasts hit the road this summer in the Muskoka region to raise money for treatment of mental health issues.

Close to 50 bikers took part in the 5th annual Wheelin’ for Healin’ charity ride that set out from the Gravenhurst Legion on Sunday, August 26.

“It’s a great cause, it’s a Muskoka charity, and it’s not funded by government or anything, so it needs every cent it can get,” said Bob Clement, vice president of the Muskoka Thunder Motorcycle Riders. He guided riders through Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and up to Huntsville.

The Meeting Place Centre for Growth & Healing hosted the luncheon at the Huntsville Legion. Many hands, including myself, prepared the salads, hot pork and beef buns, and set up tables to welcome the riders.

We were very blessed to have many businesses and sponsors who donated buns, drinks, ice cream, cake and money to pay for all the expenses.

The participant who raised the most sponsorship won a stained glass replica of a 1957 Harley-Davidson Sportster by artist Peggy Lapierre valued at $1,200.

Debbie Knobelsdorf who raised just under $500 in pledges won the stained glass prize.

The $2,600 in proceeds will help fund the Creative Living and Learning program at the Huntsville High School, an educational program for senior high school students who suffer from trauma related mental health issues.