MILDMAY – Grey-Bruce Defeat Depression held its first in-person walk-run on Saturday, May 28 at the Mildmay arena.
Organizers Darcy Frook and Charlie Schmalz said the event was actually the second, although the first one last year was virtual. This was the first time participants were able to get together for the five-kilometre walk-run fundraiser. Seventy per cent of funds go to Canadian Mental Health Association Grey-Bruce.
The more than 75 participants raised a remarkable $16,500.
The event was also a great opportunity to raise awareness, with tents set up where people could get information.
The event was upbeat, with great entertainment by Owen Reigling prior to the 2 p.m. start for the walk-run.
Smaller events are held throughout the year – check Grey-Bruce Defeat Depression social media updates.
About CMHA Grey-Bruce
Grey Bruce branch has been offering the Grey Bruce Friends and Neighbours (FAN) Club puppet program since 2003 and the Let’s Talk program since 2009.
The FAN Club is a children’s mental health awareness program using puppets to get kids to ages four to 11 talking about the social issues facing them. Youth Net/Let’s Talk is a two-visit program for grades 7 and up which includes an awareness presentation on mental health and mental illness on the first visit and activity-based discussion on the second visit.
Both programs have exploded in terms of requests for presentations.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times