Halton school staff, students and community members are putting their feet in motion May 9 for the Unbreakable 3 & 5 K charity run at Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park.
The community run supports youth mental health and is being held during Children’s Mental Health Week. The runs begin at 9:00 a.m. and finishes with a pancake breakfast at the Waterfront Hotel. The registration and donation information is contained here.
Since 2014, the Halton Catholic (HCDSB) and Halton District (HDSB) school boards have been working with a local charity called CameronHelps to create Team Unbreakable recreational running teams. The after school program provides students with an opportunity to learn how physical health can improve their mental health. The Team Unbreakable program has been introduced to more than 1,000 students this semester. The run is either a goal event or tune up for the participants in the Team Unbreakable program in Halton schools from both school boards.
“We are very happy to be collaborating with Halton school administrators to organize this fantastic run. This is the second year for the run, and the response has been tremendous,” says founder of CameronHelps David Harris. “The revenue raised from pledges will help us to expand the program and help more youth,” he says.
“At the Halton Catholic District School Board, we believe it’s important to de-stigmatize mental health illness through our Talk, Learn, Support philosophy – by talking about the needs of our students, learning more through our partnerships with parents and focused professional development, and in supporting our students by providing them with access to resources and services,” says Patricia Webber-Callaghan, Mental Health Lead, HCDSB. “We’re very pleased to be working with CameronHelps to help raise awareness and funds to support the mental health needs in our community.”
“We share the belief that mental health promotion requires a school, family and community approach; this is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the benefits of fresh air and exercise, definite assets for both our physical AND mental health,” says Theresa Wilson, Mental Health Lead, HDSB. “The Halton District School Board is committed to promoting the positive mental health and well-being of our students.”
The route starts behind the Waterfront Hotel in Spencer Smith Park and follows the beautiful Burlington waterfront trail and back. A water station will be located at the 3K turnaround point or at 1.5 and 3.5k for the 5k participants. The participants will receive an event shirt and finisher’s medal. The cost is $30 for registration.
School teams have their own pages to register and individuals can create their own pledge pages. There is also a breakfast available which includes pancakes, sausages, hash browns, muffins, juice, coffee and tea.
CameronHelps aims to prevent teen suicide through awareness, reducing stigma and promoting wellness. Team Unbreakable, our flagship program, operations in schools (as a recreational program available to all) and in several hospitals, community health agencies and family health teams (as a run-therapy program). The school program is endorsed by several school boards and has over 1,000 students participating every term. It is supported by a curriculum, materials, and workshops. www.cameronhelps.ca.
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