West Kelowna resident biking across BC to raise mental health awareness – Saanich News
About a year ago, Sam Biffart got a new gravel bike and that’s how it all started.
Now a year has passed and the West Kelowna resident is horseback riding across the province to raise money for mental health.
When he first got the bike, he took it on a journey, stopping at various hotels along the way and beginning to like the feeling of cycling from place to place.
“I just fell in love with the whole idea and set my mind and body up for the challenges,” Biffart said.
After the trip, the 22-year-old wondered how he could grow with the next challenge, and that’s when the idea of driving across BC came to him
“For me, the only thing I’ve really considered doing for a fundraiser is something that affects me personally, and that would be mental health,” Biffart said. “I’ve always struggled with social anxiety and I thought this would be a great way to raise awareness about something that affects me personally. I think mental health is extremely relevant right now, with COVID and all.”
Biffart looked for charities and organizations to work with and when he came across Third Space Charity he knew immediately it would be a great fit as they reach out to people aged 18-30 to help with their mental health help.
Third Space was immediately enthusiastic about the idea, started the plans and set up a fundraising page.
After months of setting up the ride and route, Biffart launched Sunday 5 June from Victoria. Just a week into the trip, Biffart is averaging about 100 kilometers a day but has also faced many challenges, from washed out trails to missing bridges. In the first week, more than 100 kilometers were added because you had to turn around and take a different route.
He tries to walk the Trans-Canada Trail as much as possible.
“It’s definitely been a pretty wild adventure so far,” Biffart said. “Every day had its complications, but every day was also a success.”
Biffart also says he hopes to finish on June 20 or 21 in Kananaskis, Alta. He also wants to thank all of his sponsors for supporting him throughout the adventure.
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