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Skate and Stride Towards Mental Health Awareness

February 21, 2013 9:00 AM | Entertainment

People enjoy a skate on the Assiniboine Credit Union River Trail at The Forks on Sunday, January 29, 2012. Environment Canada is calling for milder temperatures this week with a projected high of -3°C today under mostly cloudy skies. Later this evening, flurries will begin to roll in, but nothing more than one centimetre of accumulation. Tuesday will bring a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -1°C. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

People enjoy a skate on the Assiniboine River Trail at The Forks in this file photo. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

Families will take to the ice at The Forks on Saturday, February 23 for the first annual Skate & Stride.

The Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba (MDAM) is holding the bullying-awareness campaign and fundraiser, which also acts as a creative arts competition for students in kindergarten to Grade 12.

From 1 to 4 p.m., participants will skate, run and stride down the Assiniboine River and stop at different family-orientated stations along the way. There will also be entertainment and awards at Inn at The Forks starting at 2 p.m.

“Being active together can promote mental wellness and give children protective factors for difficult life situations such as bullying,” said Jordan Matechuk of the MDAM.

Funds raised will go towards community education and outreach programs for children, youth, and families.

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