Ride for Sarah and Hannah’s Heart raising awareness during Suicide Awareness month

September is Suicide Awareness Month. On the weekend, there were two separate events to remember local youth who passed away too soon. On Saturday morning, the first ever Ride for Sarah took place at Pete’s Sales and Service with close to 50 motorcycles participating. Clubs from as far away as Ottawa and North Bay came to Petawawa to take part in the “Breaking the Silence” ride. The event has been going on for several years in a bid to raise awareness about suicide rates for veterans and first responders, but it’s the first time they decided to join forces with the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre. This year, the ride was in honour of Sarah Donavan. Executive Director of the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre, Monique Yashinskie, says Sarah was one of the young ladies who lost her life in the Petawawa River this spring. Since Sarah’s parents are riders themselves, it made sense to have the event in her honour.

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