The Ithemba Foundation

Hope Hike and Hope Bike events

The goal of the annual Hope Hike and Hope Bike events is to raise awareness of depression. They are known as the Hope Hike and Hope Bike events because, if depression is the illness of despair, we must focus on building HOPE. We must not only raise awareness of depression, but also contribute to public education around psychiatric diseases, in order to destigmatise and humanise these diseases.

The first informal Hope Hike took place in 2011, close to 10 September, to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day. Statistics show that more than 90% of suicides are the result of depression.

Here's a timeline of the events since then:

The first official Hope Hike takes place on 14 October in 2012, the Sunday closest to the World Health Organisation's Mental Health Awareness Day (10 October).

The Hope Hike is held at D'Aria Estate in Durbanville, Cape Town, on 13 October 2013.

The first Gauteng Hope Hike is held on 5 October, while the Cape Hike takes place on 14 October.

The Hope Hike is held on 11 October at D'Aria Estate in the Cape, and on 25 October at Van Gaalen's, Skeerpoort in the North.

A Hope Bike event is also introduced, with the Cape Hope Hike/Bike taking place on 2 October at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, and the Northern Hike/Bike on 9 October at Van Gaalen's.

The Hope Hike / Hope Bike events take place on 15 October at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate and 29 October at Van Gaalen's.

The Hope Hike / Hope Bike events take place on 14 October at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate and 28 October at Van Gaalen's. Click here to read more about this year's event.

The aim of these events is to get walking (or cycling), start talking, and break the silence and the stigma around mental health.

 

ITHEMBA FOUNDATION - NPC 2012/171250/08 - PBO 930/048/019