Dennehy's raise roughly $700K so far 

Big donor could be announced at Whistler following cross-canada cycling tour

click to enlarge MILES OF SMILES Kerry and Ginny Dennehy are encouraged by the amount of money and awareness they've been raising for their cause on their cross-Canada bike ride.
  • MILES OF SMILES Kerry and Ginny Dennehy are encouraged by the amount of money and awareness they've been raising for their cause on their cross-Canada bike ride.

About 60 days in the saddle. Roughly 5,000 kilometres on the road. Almost $700,000 pledged to the bank account.

Those are the numbers Kerry and Ginny Dennehy are living by right now.

They have almost reached Toronto, after leaving Whistler in early May on their cross-Canada biking journey aimed at tackling the stigma attached to mental illness.

Keeping them on target is the goal of raising $2 million along the way, with an ultimate plan to raise $6.7 million to see a Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre in every province and territory in Canada.

But right now it's still one kilometre at a time. And the thought that a big donor is waiting in the wings for their Whistler return.

"The trip has been a great adventure so far, seeing Canada in slow-mo and being received so warmly by so many strangers who realize the importance of the cause," wrote Kerry Dennehy in an email to Pique.

The cause is The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation, named in honour of their son who committed suicide in 2001 while suffering from depression. The Dennehys have raised $5 million for that foundation.

Now they have launched Enough is Enough — a cross-country campaign to raise funds and awareness for Kelty Mental Health Resource Centres across the country.

It hasn't been easy.

The biggest challenge to date for Ginny has been the Easterlies on the Prairies, stiff winds that blow all day, while Kerry has been concerned for safety on the road.

Then there are those things that overshadow the challenges.

"Highlights have been being right with our crew, seeing Canada from the seat of a bicycle, the kind reception of the people we have met. And so many more Zen moments," Dennehy wrote. "We wish everyone could experience this."

On his blog Enough is Enough, hosted by Pique, Dennehy wrote about Day 55 where they were joined by Whistler neighbours and rode 145 kilometres from Lion's Head West to Lake Huron.

"The country is scenic and interesting," he writes. "We roll through pastures, wind farms, mixed crops, corn, tomatoes, vegetables, berry fields and seas of wheat, just turning golden."

They spent the night at a friend's cottage.

"The sun sets and we enjoy shish kabobs and ice cold drinks on the deck. Thunk... into the kip... no tossing and turning tonight. None."

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