CRUSH COVID is back again and we hope you will spread the word or – if you’re up for the ride – get in on the action on March 12-13, 2021.
The inaugural 24-hour virtual cycling event, CRUSH COVID – hosted in partnership with Councillor Brad Bradford for Beaches-East York and the Toronto Hustle cycling group – took place in April 2020 and raised an incredible $250,000 for Michael Garron Hospital’s Emergency Response Fund.
The 2020 event also drew support from across Canada and internationally, helping to capture the collective spirit of cycling communities everywhere and their ability to come together even under the most challenging conditions.
In 2021, and on the one-year anniversary of the lockdown, CRUSH COVID: Ride for Mind is highlighting the severe mental health impacts of the pandemic and providing a way for communities to rally together in support of Michael Garron Hospital.
The pandemic has disproportionately affected vulnerable populations – especially racialized communities, youth, and those living in poverty. The above-average rates of COVID-19 infection in these communities have compounded disparities in mental health outcomes for vulnerable groups. Funds raised from this year’s event will support two priority areas at Michael Garron Hospital and that will enable immediate and long-term mental health programs: the Transitional Youth Program and new state-of-the-art mental health facilities and programs.
Michael Garron Hospital has been recognized nationally as a leader in the fight against COVID-19 and we’ve seen an outpouring of generous support and love from the community in response to that leadership. Registration numbers for this year’s event are growing and this also inspires our hope to exceed the funds raised last year.
There are a number of ways you can participate: register to ride, create or join a team, donate to a participant, or cheer the riders on virtually during the livestream. If you’d like to do another activity instead, like running or walking, we encourage you to join as well! All are welcome to participate. Visit www.crushcovid.ca for all the details and follow us on social for the latest news. www.instagram.com/mghfoundation.