Support Hope Hike and Bike event

The Hope Hike and Hope Bike event, which aims to raise awareness around depression as clinical illness, takes place at Blaauwklippen in Stellenbosch, on Sunday October 15.

October 10 is the World Health Organisation’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

One in five South Africans suffer from a mental illness, with some waiting up to 10 years before seeking help.

According to the World Health Organization depression has increased by 18% in the past 10 years and is currently the third biggest global illness.

According to statistics, worldwide almost 350 million people suffer from clinical depression, with almost one million per year who lose their lives to suicide, and in South Africa, depression costs the economy R218 billion and is the cause of 47% of early retirement and 32% of all sick leave.

The 25km Hope Bike fun ride starts at 7.45am; the 10km Hope Hike at 8am; the 5km at 8.30am and the 3km at 8.40am. Registration is starts at 6.30am.

Entry is R100 for the 10km Hope Hike; R60 for the 5km; R40 for the 3km and R40 for children under the age of 12. Entry for the Hope Bike event is R100.

To book, visit www.iqela-events.co.za and click on the Hope Hike/Hope Bike logo.

For more details, email entries@iqela-events.co.za