HIKE for Mental Health determined its 2014 beneficiaries at its annual Board of Directors meeting on February 6. The Pacific Crest Trail Association will join the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and the New York New Jersey Trail Conference as a recipient of the funds raised through hikes this year.
As in prior years, 80% of funds raised from hikes will benefit the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s NARSAD grant program. These grants enable break-through research into causes, treatments and cures of major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, depression and PTSD.
The NYNJTC, a member organization of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, will receive 10% of the funds to support its important work, fueled mostly through volunteer efforts, to maintain 2,000 miles of public trails.
New this year, HIKE for Mental Health will contribute 10% of its funds to the Pacific Crest Trail Association. In its own words,
The Pacific Crest Trail Association is a fraternity of trail lovers at its core. From across the country and the world, our members travel to the mountain ranges of the American West to beat back brush and restore this trail.
From shore to shore, we champion the needs of the Pacific Crest Trail. We are an eclectic band of trail junkies, for sure. But we are so much more. We are dedicated to the notion that our hard work to protect, preserve and promote this National Scenic Trail is a precious gift to future generations. We are the Pacific Crest Trail.
The Board decided to include the PCTA among its beneficiaries this year in recognition of the many PCT hikers who have signed up with HIKE for Mental Health. In Tom’s words, “We are thrilled to have so many PCT’ers join with us, and we want to give back to the trail that they will call home this year.”
To make a donation in honor of any of our hikers – on the AT, PCT, CDT or one of our organized hikes – , check out the Sponsor a Hiker page.