The cost is $ 20 per person, according to Beth Doyle-Lautt, a member of the Unite to Silence the Stigma Committee, the group that organizes the ride. Registration starts at 11 a.m., and the ride departs from Stutsman Harley-Davidson at 12:30 p.m. Doyle-Lautt said all vehicles are welcome to participate in the event.
There will be no keynote speaker this year. Before the ride starts, Margo Haut, chair of the Unite to Silence the Stigma Committee, and John Seifert, Stutsman Harley-Davidson general manager, will speak, and a release of balloons will be held.
Doyle-Lautt said the ride started four years ago after her son, Thomas Avery Doyle, a North Dakota National Guard veteran who served in Kuwait and was dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder issues, died by suicide. She and her husband participated in a suicide/mental illness awareness event called the Out of the Darkness Walk. She said she and others approached Haut about organizing a similar event in Jamestown.
Doyle-Lautt said the event has grown in popularity over the last three years. Last year 175 people participated.
This year’s event will start and end at Stutsman Harley-Davidson, and stops include Spiritwood Lake, Glenfield, Kensal and Pingree. She said there will be door prizes at each stop and food will be served at Stutsman Harley-Davidson after the ride and at one of the stops during the ride.
Doyle-Lautt said events like the ride help people who are having mental health issues by letting them know they are not alone and help is available.
Haut said she wanted to thank committee members as it takes courage to come forward and participate in events like the Ride to Silence the Stigma.
“It (suicide and mental illness) continues to be a taboo topic in our community, our state and our nation,” she said.
Newman Signs and Stutsman Harley-Davidson are the main sponsors of the ride.
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