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An Open Letter From Board Chair Bob Wordham: Working With You to Reduce Youth Suicide

Thank you for your previous generous donation to CAMERONHELPS, an organization that is committed to YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION through our unique TEAM UNBREAKABLE school running program.

By the end of today, two Canadian youths will have taken their lives by suicide, and countless others will have thought about it. Frankly, we are working to reduce these statistics but we cannot do it alone. We URGENTLY need your help to reduce these horrible tragedies.

We have achieved much in the past year but we want to do a lot more:

  • Our organization is now officially registered as TEAM UNBREAKABLE.
  • Last year we had THOUSANDS of school kids participating in our running program.
  • There is consistent scientific evidence that physical activity benefits mental health
  • We have had tremendous support from School Boards in Southern Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Service organizations such as Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, Adidas, the University of Toronto and many private donors such as yourself.

But, we are merely scratching the surface in addressing YOUTH SUICIDES and we need to do a lot more. This link, http://cameronhelps.ca/, provides more detail about our organization and the extent of the problem that we are trying to address.

Our first priority however, is to adequately fund the TEAM UNBREAKABLE running programs that we are already committed to implementing in 2018. Can you please make another tax deductible donation to help our cause? Any amount will be helpful and is URGENTLY required.

Let’s together save one youth life at a time. PLEASE HELP!

Sincere thanks,

Bob Wordham

Board Chair

P.S. Please DONATE HERE or send a cheque to: Team Unbreakable, 54 Hyde Park Avenue, Hamilton, ON   L8P 4M7

 

CameronHelps wins Scotiabank Charity Challenge; Receives extra $2,000

Thanks to Robert Wordham’s Hacksaw Crusade which eventually raised more than $107,000 for CameronHelps at the Mississauga Marathon weekend in May, 2017, the charity ended up with the award for “largest total funds raised. This means the charity received another $2,000 from the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

Bob ran the Mississauga half marathon to celebrate his 80th birthday and to raised money for the charity. On May 2 he presented a cheque to CameronHelps for his fundraising and was congratulated by MPP for Mississauga South Charles Sousa, CameronHelps Founder David Harris, Executive Director Carl Worrell and Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Review Team Member Monty Fidda.

At a reception on June 2, the OTF gave a plaque to CameronHelps in celebration of their partnership. OTF grants have totalled over $350,000 to help with organizing Team Unbreakable run wellness and run therapy programs in the GTA and Hamilton regions.

At the Mississauga Marathon, Team Unbreakable runners raised over $4,000 from sponsors in addition to the money raised by Bob’s Crusade.

“We are very appreciative for all that Bob has done for the charity in raising funds and contributing his talents as a Board Member.  His accomplishments are significant and we salute his dedication and tenacity,” says CameronHelps CEP and Founder David Harris.”

Photo: (left to right) – Bob Wordham, David Harris, MPP Charles Sousa and Monty Fidda.

Bob completes his half marathon raising $88,000 for youth programs

Thank goodness youth was on his side. For his 80th birthday celebrations, Bob Wordham wanted to raise money for CameronHelps and its Team Unbreakable programs. So he decided to run in the Mississauga Half Marathon held Sunday May 7. To help him complete the 21K distance, he enlisted the support of his grandchildren to run alongside him for the final 2K.

The entourage of run supporters also included his son and daughter and CameronHelps Executive Director Carl Worrell. “It was a once in a lifetime experience for me,” says Bob. “I was relieved to have done it and was really pleased that I had accomplished one of my fundraising goals. I also thought about the people and companies that had sponsored me – just so many incredible people,” he says. “It was wonderful to have Carl with me for the whole run and I thanked him for his support – he was a great help!”

Bob was able to raise $88,000 – by far the largest single donation that CameronHelps has received since its origins in 2006. “I cannot thank my sponsors enough. There are so many great people who have given willingly to help youth mental health and the efforts of Team Unbreakable. The support is fantastic. We can build on this within the general community to ensure we take this program across the province and then the whole country,” he adds.

His fundraising website www.hacksawcrusade.com is open until July 2 and will accept donations until that time.

Dress as your Favourite 007 James Bond Character and Join Us for a Night of Poker

Dress up as your favourite James Bond character and join us for a CameronHelps 007 Poker Night on April 27, which is a major fundraising event for the charity. It will also be a celebration of President David Harris’ 13th consecutive Mississauga Marathon and Bob Wordham’s Hacksaw’s Crusade for Youth Mental Health. Buy your tickets here now!

Tickets are $60 per person or $100 for a couple and a portion of your ticket is tax deductible. The 007 Poker Night is at the Port Credit Royal Canadian Legion and starts with dinner at 6 pm and the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Games, which are free with your admission, starts at 7 pm. There will be a DJ, cash bar and silent auction and prizes for the Best 007 character costume. With your ticket purchase, you will receive dinner, play instruction and lots of poker chips.  At 9 pm we’ll take a short break and resume with elimination play. There will be lots of prizes and fun for everyone. For inquiries email info@cameronhelps.ca.

If you can’t attend but would like to donate to the David Harris 13th annual Mississauga marathon run, go here. To contribute to the Bob Wordham Hacksaw Crusade, go here. (Robert, for his 80th birthday will be running the Mississauga Half-Marathon and is working hard to raise $100,000 from his supporters, all of which will go to CameronHelps.)

Hacksaw Challenge unique way to celebrate 80th

CameronHelps board member Bob Wordham isn’t taking it easy for his 80th birthday next year.

Instead he’s decided to run a half-marathon to celebrate his milestone birthday and raise $100,000 for the charity –11 months from now. If you think that’s an ambitious target, Bob is no slouch when it comes to raising large sums for good causes. He has raised $72,000 and $88,000 for two separate Run for the Cure events, with proceeds going to Cancer research and support services.

With his recent service volunteering for mental health charities, Bob wanted to channel his fundraising efforts to help the Team Unbreakable progams. “CameronHelps is expanding its Team Unbreakable programs which enables access for thousands more young people in dozens of communities,” says Bob.

With a campaign this large, planning is already underway and will get into full swing in early summer. Bob is hoping to enlist “kilometre captains” who will agree to raise $5,000 for every kilometre he runs on his way to the finish, a full 21 kilometres. The event will be held May 7, 2017 at the annual Mississauga Marathon, which starts at Square One mall.

The name Hacksaw refers to Bob’s playing days as a rough and tumble rugby player. He didn’t participate in any running events until his 63rd birthday when he ran his first Run for the Cure event. Now, he hopes his four grandchildren—two from the U.S. – will run with him for the last 5 kilometres of his half-marathon. Through his busy life in business as a CEO and executive, Bob hopes to tap into his many friends, former colleagues and family connections to reach his goal.

Youth mental health is an area that is sorely neglected and underfunded and support from organizations such as CameronHelps can really make a difference in helping “at-risk” youth, Bob says. To donate to the Hacksaw Challenge go to this link. http://hacksawscrusade.com/

To become involved in volunteering and planning, contact Bob at bobwordham@ica.net