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Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force Presents 5th Annual ‘Ride of Your Life’ Event

August 10, 2017

The Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force is hosting its 5th Annual ‘Ride of Your Life’, a fundraiser to support suicide prevention and education.

Held on Sunday, August 20th, the ‘Ride of Your Life’ features a three hour motorcycle ride through North Central Massachusetts with stops at local motorcycle shops along the way. Ride registration begins at 8 am at Monty Tech High School, 1050 Westminster Street in Fitchburg, with kickstands up at 9:30 am. There is a $25 fee for motorcycle riders and a $15 fee for passengers, which includes lunch, maps, entertainment and on-route refreshments. Walkers and runners can register for $10, which also includes lunch and refreshments. A BBQ lunch will be held at 11:30 am at Monty Tech and is open to the public. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12. 

The event will also feature a variety of family friendly activities from 10 am until 2 pm including the Roaming Railroad, a trackless train built to comfortably fit both adults and kids, driven by Conductor Dan, and MYCHIP (Masonic Youth Child Identification Program). This free program provides a video CD/VCD that could quickly be distributed to media, fingerprinting, tooth prints and cheek swab (for DNA material). 

Another new addition for this year’s event is a job fair hosted by the North Central Mass Career Center. Over 30 local employers will be on-site to take applications from 10 am until 2 pm. 

The event also features door prizes, raffles, health clinics and information about the Monatachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force and its suicide prevention initiatives. Attendees will be able to take a chance on over $2,500 in raffle items, including Red Sox Tickets, NE Patriots football signed by Rob "Gronk” Gronkowski, a Michael Kors purse, tickets to a Jay Leno show at the Hanover Theater, gift certificates to local attractions, restaurants, and museums and more. There will also be a prize wheel hosted by WSRS/WTAG. 

Premier Sponsors for the 5th annual ‘Ride of Your Life’ include Heywood Healthcare, Massachusetts Departments of Mental Health and Public Health, Montachusett Regional Technical High School, Patriot Riders of New England, Woods’ Ambulance, and Workers Credit Union.

Proceeds from the event will support a variety of suicide prevention initiatives. For more information, please visit www.suicidepreventiontaskforce.org or call Barbara Nealon, Director of Social Service & Multicultural Services for Heywood Hospital, at 978-630-6386.

Please note, Montachusett Regional Technical High School is a SMOKE-FREE campus. This event is RAIN OR SHINE.

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About the Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force
Heywood Hospital established the Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force to serve the North Central and North Quabbin communities, with the assistance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Suicide Prevention Program. The mission of the Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force is to prevent suicide, and to provide education and resources to help those who struggle with depression, survivors of suicide, and those who have lost loved ones to suicide.

The Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force is sponsored by Heywood Hospital and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Department of Public Health's Suicide Prevention Program.

About Athol Hospital
A member of the Heywood Healthcare system, Athol Hospital is a 25-bed non-profit, acute care and outpatient facility serving the communities of the North Quabbin region of Massachusetts. Athol Hospital’s services include 24/7 Emergency Care, Oncology, Radiology and Laboratory, Diabetes Center and Center for Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation. It is designated as a Critical Access Hospital and Primary Stroke Center, licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and accredited by the Joint Commission.

About Heywood Hospital
A member of the Heywood Healthcare system, Heywood Hospital is a 134-bed acute care hospital in Gardner, MA, which provides a broad range of high quality medical, surgical, obstetrical, pediatric and behavioral health services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The hospital’s Centers of Excellence include the Watkins Center for Emergency and Acute Care; the LaChance Maternity Center; the Diabetes Center; and the Heywood Heart and Vascular Center, an affiliate of the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence at UMass Memorial Health Care.

About Heywood Healthcare
Heywood Healthcare is an independent, community-owned healthcare system serving north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. It is comprised of Heywood Hospital, a non-profit, 134-bed acute-care hospital in Gardner, MA; Athol Hospital, a 25-bed not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital in Athol, MA; the Quabbin Retreat in Petersham, MA; and Heywood Medical Group with primary care physicians and specialists located throughout the region. The organization includes six satellite facilities in MA; Heywood Rehabilitation Center and Heywood Urgent Care in Gardner; West River Health Center in Orange; Winchendon Health Center and Murdock School-based Health Center in Winchendon; Heywood Charitable Foundation; the North Quabbin Community Coalition, an affiliate organization; and The Quabbin Retreat in Petersham.

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