Clara’s Big Ride – June 26 in Blind RiverOlympian Clara Hughes will be in Blind River, Thursday, June 26th, 2014. A welcome event, including barbecue, bike rodeo, live entertainment and a Mental Health Symposium, is being held at the Blind River Community Centre from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Clara will speak at approximately 7:00 p.m. Funds raised will go towards supporting mental health initiatives in the community. Buses from area communities are available to bring people to the event. The schedule is as follows:Leaving Elliot Lake 4:30 (1 bus) and 5:30 p.m. (2 buses) from Lester B. Pearson Centre;Leaving Thessalon 4:30 p.m. (1 bus), Town Hall, Pick up Iron Bridge 5:00 p.m., Arena;Leaving Spanish 4:30 p.m. (1 bus), Vacant lot East of Farmers’ Market, Pick up Algoma Mills 5:00 p.m., Township of the North Shore Municipal Office.All returning buses will leave from Blind River at 8:00 p.m. To reserve seating from Elliot Lake, call Darla Hennessy at the Lester B. Pearson Centre 705-848-2287 ext 2406; to reserve seating from all other areas, call Angelique Guertin 705-849-1300. Buses provided courtesy of A.J. Bus Lines.BACKGROUNDER: Clara Hughes is a six-time Canadian Olympic speed-skating and cycling medallist and the national spokesperson for Bell Let’s Talk. Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk is a 110-day national bicycle tour through every province and territory, beginning in Toronto on March 14, 2014 and concluding in Ottawa on July 1, 2014. As part of Clara’s Big Ride, Clara Hughes will cover 12,000 km and visit 95 communities along the way. Clara’s Big Ride will help grow awareness, acceptance, and action to create a stigma-free Canada. Please click here to visit the Clara’s Big Ride website for more information.