Ride for Rebound is Back Once Again in Support of Child & Youth Mental Health

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On May 27, 2023, Cobourg Police Service Chief Paul VandeGraaf has committed to riding 80km for Rebound for the third straight year, alongside a team of avid community cyclists who have the options of 80km, 40km, 25km, or 10km routes.

Rebound Child & Youth Services Northumberland (Rebound) announces the launch of the third annual Ride for Rebound fundraising event, presented by Play It Again Sports Cobourg, in support of the emotional wellness of children, youth, and families throughout Northumberland County. In response to the critical need for quality and accessible mental health support, Chief Paul VandeGraaf and other enthusiastic cyclists will have the choice to ride a full 80 km route, a 40 km route, a 25 km route, or a more leisurely 10 km route to raise awareness and funds to support mental health programming for children, youth, and families throughout Northumberland.

This initiative brings together avid community cyclists to experience the beautiful rolling hills of Northumberland County with a choice of four ride distances starting points throughout the route. The Ride was developed in partnership with Rebound by Cobourg Police Chief Paul VandeGraaf to call attention to the need for timely, quality mental health support for children and youth across the county.

Rebound Child and Youth Services and the Cobourg Police Service (CPS) have enjoyed a long-standing collaborative partnership based on the mutual priority of supporting the mental, emotional, and social wellness of children and youth. These initiatives, including most recently the CUIP Program (Collaborative 14 and Under Intervention Program), have provided quality holistic programming with a strong community focus, designed to emphasize the ripple effect that early intervention can have on the lives of young people.

Rebound’s early intervention brings a stabilizing and positive impact to the lives of children, youth, and families who live in Northumberland County. Through mental health services, literacy and learning support, youth justice diversion, counselling and therapy, the Family Wellness Hub, parenting programs, and a multitude of community partnerships, Rebound is creating a brighter future for its clients. These positive shifts establish prolonged growth and the opportunity for children, youth, and families in Northumberland to reach their full potential.

“Rebound’s programs which assist with mental and emotional wellbeing, skills-building, academic help, and family wellness all rely on the support and participation from our valued community members” says Carol Beauchamp, Executive Director of Rebound. “Ride for Rebound is a great opportunity to get the community together, raise awareness, and fundraise to support programs which enhance the wellbeing of children, youth, and families throughout Northumberland County.”

“Rebound Child & Youth Services Northumberland continues building youth resilience and confidence through early interventions and low-barrier access to services. This important work significantly impacts future outcomes for youth success,” says Chief Paul VandeGraaf, Cobourg Police Service. “For the third year, I am gearing up for a ride around the County to raise awareness and funds to support Rebound. I hope everyone will join me by riding, donating, or sponsoring. Your effort on May 27th will leave a year long ‘hand up’ for youth across Northumberland County.”


Details for joining the Ride as a participant:

To amplify Rebound’s positive impact throughout Northumberland County, each rider is asked to commit to fundraising from their own network depending on the route level. The goal for Ride for Rebound is to raise $25,000 – every dollar pledged will go towards continuing and enhancing Rebound’s Family Wellness Hub programs and services. Register today at www.rcys.ca/ride.


Details for joining the Ride as a sponsor:

The Ride for Rebound is a unique opportunity where cyclists, donors, and corporate sponsors can come together and support the mental and emotional wellness of young people in Northumberland. Sponsorship opportunities for local business and corporations are welcome! Learn more by visiting www.rcys.ca/ride.

For more information about sponsorships and the Ride, visit rcys.ca/ride or email Alyshah Zoubi at azoubi@rcys.ca.

Pete Fisher
Author: Pete Fisher

Has been a photojournalist for over 30-years and have been honoured to win numerous awards for photography and writing over the years. Best selling author for the book Highway of Heroes - True Patriot Love

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