Rotary Club hosting Run4Youth for mental health

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The Rotary Club of Alliston is launching its latest fundraising event call the Run4Youth South Simcoe.

This is a community participation event with a goal to raise funds for youth mental health, which has been a concern during the COVID-19 pandemic and related lock-downs.

Net proceeds from the event will got to support the work of two organizations serving at-risk youth in South Simcoe – New Path Youth & Family Services and Youth Haven.

“The pandemic has had a profound im-pact on the mental health of young people,” explained Louise Jones, Director of Fund Development at Youth Haven. “Through our helplines, we are witnessing increased stress, anxiety and depression in young people as a result of the current crisis. Social isolation, the disruption of routine, health fears, and families under duress are all factors that are leading to increased mental health challenges, especially during an already vulnerable time of their life.”

George Scott, president of the Rotary Club of Alliston, outlined the virtual pro-gram: “Run4Youth, South Simcoe invites people of all ages to run, walk, hike or bike any distance they choose on any day or days between the July 1, and September 30. They can raise pledges from friends and business associates to support their ef-forts or make their own donations. Anyone raising $200 or more will earn a swag bag of goodies and all participants receive an event refl ective wristband. We invite every resident of South Simcoe to join in. You’ll not only be showing your support for the community, outdoor exercise is a great way to relieve pressure and stress.”

To register, buy a ticket for as little as $15.00 or $30.00 for a family with group discounts also available.

Go to runforyouth.ca or www.Strava.ca to download the app and search under Clubs for Run4YouthSouth Simcoe, to engage with other participants and track your progress.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times

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