Tour de Bleu, a long-distance private cycling event hosted by the Peter Gilgan Foundation and Mattamy Homes, has raised $3.75 million to support the development of the new Tour de Bleu Therapeutic Neighbourhood at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in downtown Toronto.
“We are deeply grateful for the generosity of the Peter Gilgan Foundation and Tour de Bleu riders” said Deborah Gillis, President and CEO of the CAMH Foundation. “The funds raised by Tour de Bleu will help create a warm engaging space where patients can focus on full, whole-person recovery”.
In 2017, CAMH broke ground on the McCain Complex Care and Recovery Building, adding modern and dignified spaces that promote healing and break down stigma to its growing campus.
Funds contributed by the 2018 Tour de Bleu riders and sponsors will help to create the centerpiece of this building: the Tour de Bleu Therapeutic Neighbourhood. This will be a shared space where patients will learn the skills they need for life beyond CAMH, and will include programming such as sports and exercise activities, a teaching kitchen, music and art spaces, and educational spaces where patients and their families will learn about mental illness and recovery.
“We are delighted to be partnering with CAMH on this important initiative. We feel it is essential that we add our voices to the growing chorus of Canadians who are beginning to understand the prevalence, and importance of dealing with, mental health challenges,” said Peter Gilgan, Founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes. “Knowing that the Tour de Bleu Therapeutic Neighbourhood will be there for people as they transition out of their time at CAMH brings me, and all of our riders, an immense sense of pride.”
Now in its 14th year, the Tour has raised over $16 million for notable charities such as SickKids Hospital, Trillium Health Centre, William Osler Health Centre, Markham/Stouffville Hospital, the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Women’s College Hospital Foundation.