Event fundraising

Folks on Spokes & Step Forward event aims to raise $50,000 for local mental health and addictions services

Bridges Healthcare’s annual Folks on Spokes & Step Forwardride and Walk for Mental Health is scheduled for Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. at Fowler Field in Milford.

For more than 30 years, hundreds of cyclists and walkers have come together to raise funds and awareness for local mental health and addictions services.

There are two ways to participate: Stroll one of the event’s 5, 10, 20 or 40 mile routes or run the 5K, all along Connecticut’s scenic coastline. Participants can honor the lives of loved ones lost to drug addiction, overdose, suicide or other mental health issues and uplift those who are recovering by taking part in the remembrance ceremony. ‘event. The pre-event registration fee is $50 per rider, $35 per walker, and $15 for children under 18 – which includes a free t-shirt. Children 5 and under are free. Day fees are $55 per cyclist and $45 per walker. A Subway lunch will be offered to all participants at the end of the course.

“As we continue to deal with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, Bridges Mental Health and Addiction Services has provided support to local children, adults and families who are struggling and turn to us for help. help,” says Jennifer Fiorillo, Health BridgesCEO and President of . “As our biggest fundraiser of the year, we are extremely grateful to the greater Milford community for continuing to participate in and support Bridges’ vital programs.”

Participants can ride or walk individually or join as a team. Fundraising is encouraged and free registration is offered to each participant who pledges to raise $100 by September 30, 2022. Over 300 cyclists, walkers and volunteers are expected to participate and raise a goal of $50,000 for Bridges community health programs and services.

Proceeds from the event go directly to help local children, families, teens, young adults and adults in need of mental and behavioral health, addictions and primary care services. The pandemic has created a great need for Bridges Healthcare programs and services that provide much-needed mental health and addiction recovery support.

The main sponsors of the event are Metro Star Properties, The Milford Bank, NFP, The Cretella-Boni Family and CorCystems.

To register, sponsor, volunteer or learn more, visit folksonspokes.bridgesct.org.