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Dear B.A.D. Ride Riders and Supporters,

On behalf of Distress Centres, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of you for your support of the B.A.D. Ride (Bikers Against Despair) over the past 21 years. Your efforts have helped provide life sustaining support to the most vulnerable in our community and has had a positive impact on countless lives. You have been instrumental in helping Distress Centres be there for anyone who needs us.

After thoughtful consideration, Distress Centres has made the difficult decision to retire B.A.D. Ride and let it ‘ride off into the sunset’. However we are hopeful that a group of dedicated B.A.D. riders will begin a new tradition and organize a third party Port Dover ride in support of Distress Centres on Friday September 13th, 2019 as part of our World Suicide Prevention Day events. Please contact Tara, Fund Development Officer at if you think you and your connections could organize a new third party event on Friday 13th.

Once again we thank you all for your support of the B.A.D. Ride over the past 21 years. When we say “There’s a life on the line”, we mean it. Thank you for being an essential link to our lifeline.


Alison Caird

Executive Director


For 50 years, Distress Centres has provided 24-hour support, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to individuals in our community at risk and their most vulnerable. We are Canada’s oldest volunteer delivered crisis, emotional support and suicide prevention + intervention + postvention service agency.

Our crisis and emotional distress services are available via hotline, online chat, and text. We also offer face-to-face individual as well as group support and counselling to those who have lost a loved one to suicide or homicide and are navigating the aftermath.