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Waterloo man biking across Canada for mental health awareness

Last Updated Jun 7, 2016 at 6:40 am EDT

Photo supplied by Martin Bauman.

Considering he’s been waking up at 3am to cover news happening across Waterloo Region, Martin Bauman figures biking across the country can’t be all that bad.

The former 570 News Morning Reporter, will start a bike ride across the country Tuesday, June 7th in Vancouver to raise awareness and funds for mental health.

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The 23-year-old says it’s a cause that hits close to home: “I’ve seen so many people dear to me suffer in silence – from family members, to mentors, to my closest friends. I’ve felt the loss of suicide in my family. I’ve also seen tremendous strength in friends and family opening up and sharing their journeys – strength which inspires my own journey over the next few months.”

Martin is raising funds for Defeat Depression, a national campaign led by the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. A majority of the funds will be allocated to the Waterloo Wellington Dufferin branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

He plans to end his ride in St. John’s, Newfoundland at the end of August. You can follow his journey on Twitter. Martin is hoping to travel between 100 and 120 kilometres each day.

If you wish to make a donation, you can do so here.