2021 CASA Cycle Tour - 2021 CASA Cycle Tour

CASA Close to Home Tour

The CASA Cycle Tour is extremely important to our organization, raising close to $1 million since it began in 2015, forming lasting friendships and creating a cycling family determined to support a cause dear to riders, support crew, donors and the community.

Tour funding provides valuable help for the more than 4,000 children, youth and families coming through CASA’s doors each year. And given the unprecedented challenges of the Covid pandemic, we all know that mental health remains a key concern for many Albertans.

Thankfully, CASA Foundation continues to receive overwhelming backing from the community, and also great interest from cyclists who want another tour this year.

Our original route planned in 2020 to Southern Alberta was put on hold last year and after much thought we feel we must consider the same for 2021, as the pandemic lingers. However, we may have found a solution – a week-long ride close to home that focuses on rider safety. The tour would start and end in Greater Edmonton and follow a circular route north to Swan Hills, Slave Lake, Athabasca, Lac La Biche and back to Sherwood Park. This route eliminates a key health challenge – transportation and social distancing. The Southern Alberta route requires automobile travel to the start, from the finish, to one of the hotels, and across an 80 km stretch near Medicine Hat. Riders would have been squeezed into support vehicles for extended periods of time.

The “Close to Home” route see riders start in west Edmonton and finish at the CASA facility in Sherwood Park. The tour is simply seven days of riding. This approach should address any Covid restrictions remaining in July, allow for appropriate social distancing, add as much certainty as possible to your fundraising efforts, and present an enjoyable experience for all riders and support volunteers. The southern Alberta route will be considered again in 2022.

Missing from this year’s tour is some dramatic mountain scenery. But it does include challenging climbs in the Swan Hills area and exhilarating summer riding through Alberta’s lakeland region. The distances for both rides are approximately the same, just over 800 km. A big plus along the new route is the opportunity for us to meet some of the families and communities who’ve been helped by CASA staff during this difficult period.

Healthy minds, healthy families, healthy communities

 

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CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health

CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health is a non-profit community organization that provides mental health and addiction services to infants, children, adolescents and their families in Alberta, with a concentrated effort in the Edmonton area and Northern Alberta. For over 25 years, CASA has been recognized as a family-centered, community-driven and community-led organization that is focused on the prevention, early identification, assessment, and treatment of addiction and mental health disorders.

CASA serves more than 4,000 children a year along with their families. We influence change in the mental health field through the professionals we train, and in our facilities embedded in the community. As an organization, we are inspired by the courage of children, youth and their families, the dedication of our staff, physicians, students and volunteers and the tremendous support of our donors who have thrust mental health and addictions onto society’s agenda.

CASA’s goal is to advocate and drive change in children’s mental health and youth addictions. We know that we have the capability, the people, and the approach to help infants, children, youth and their families.

Visit www.casaservices.org for more information about CASA’s programs.

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