Adidas Canada continues to be a significant supporter of Team Unbreakable which means 2019 is already off to a great start! The company is donating funds for our charity, based on an internal company challenge to seek out a deserving Canadian charity with whom employees could also support in giving back to their community. “We’re so pleased that adidas chose Team Unbreakable to work with. We’re grateful for the financial contribution and we look forward to seeing adidas employees volunteering at various programs in the GTA,” says Team Unbreakable Chair Bob Wordham.
Chris Miall is Director of Sales for adidas and is leading the company’s support of Team Unbreakable. He is joined by Anna Bissoondial, Helen Troung, Bing Han and Judy Zapata (see photos below). “This is the type of activity that gives meaning to what we do,” says Chris.”
Judy and Bing head up the school volunteer program for the company while Anna and Helen head up an adidas commitment to take some of the awarded money to grow it into a larger contribution to Team Unbreakable. Some initiatives have been discussed an a further announcement could be made in the near future. Judy made the first connection with Team Unbreakable as she was volunteering with the Trillium Health Care run-therapy program as a coach.
A board meeting was held at the adidas headquarters in Toronto and was hosted by Ian Brown, VP sales for adidas group
As a special bonus, adidas donated a run of T-shirts with their motivating slogan, “Through Sport We Have The Power To Change Lives,” that rings true to the Team Unbreakable philosophy of physical health for mental health. These shirts have been sold at Team Unbreakable running events.
Feature Picture HomePage: Ian Brown, Carl Worrell, Bob Wordham.
Group Cheque-Passing Picture: (L To R) John Knox, Anna Bissoondial, Helen Troung, Bing Han, Judy Zapata, Carl Worrell, Ian Brown, Bob Wordham, Chris Miall
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.
CameronHelps CEO David Harris completed his 13th Missisauga Marthon May 7 and with his teammates, raised over $4,000 to support Team Unbreakable programs.
Interviewed afterwards, David said the run and its finish creates a lot of different emotions for him. “This was my 13th Mississauga Marathon to honour my son and there is a lot of emotion tied to this as this is the first year he became a teenager,” David says. “I was very elated to know that my fellow board member Bob Wordham did so well in completing his run and raising so much for CameronHelps,” he added. “Every year people support us at the race. I can’t thank them enough for your support.”
Those raising money and running with David included Team Captain John Knox, Julian Kanarek, Jim Schembri and David Rowney.
David was on track to complete the marathon in a Boston Marathon qualifying time, but was slowed down by muscle cramps in his legs near the end of the run. “Training for me this year was the best in a long time. Unfortunately it will be my last year with my coach and mentor Jeff Stapleton who is moving out of town. I will miss his crazy workouts and passion and friendship.”
David says he is looking forward to the annual Father’s Day run on June 18th in Port Credit. “A highlight for me is getting to meet so many new people and seeing all those familiar faces that come back every year to support the charity.”
David Harris was recently interviewed by Global TV about the loss of his son, Cameron. The story was aired on May 6, 2017 at the end of Mental Health Week in Canada and the day before David was running in the Mississauga Marathon in memory of Cameron. David’s Team Unbreakable runners raised over $4,000 for the charity at the event.
During his interview, David talked about recovering and starting over with running as a way to treat his own depression. In less than 10 years, the charity CameronHelps is operates in more than 50 locations from Halton-Peel and the GTA to as far north as Thunder Bay and Sudbury. To watch the video click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.)
With permission, we reprint a heartfelt message from our founder David Harris about the loss of his son and the inspriring promise of hope for those who wish to help prevent more teen suicides and reduce the stigma of mental illness:
“It was 12 years ago on February 14 that I lost my son Cameron to suicide. There has been much change in my life this year…change in career…starting a new business, my son Jeremy got engaged and another two marathons completed. There have been some really tough times emotionally that has changed the way I see things yet again. You see my New Year begins on Feb 14th. This day in 2005 my life would never be the same again, it was the day I felt my life was over.
A large part of me died that day …with my son. Feb 14th for many years after was a day of deep unbearable sadness. So what has changed? I now know I can make it through today, I know because of this day CameronHelps and our Team Unbreakable Run Program was created. I know that if I can survive the loss of a child to suicide I can survive anything, I know that you only have one life live and you have to try in your own way to make the best of it. So I will continue to try and live a life of hope and gratitude.
Feb 14th is still incredibly hard, I miss my son so so much and more today then others, but this tragic event will not make me weaker, it will make me stronger. It is my New Year, my new beginning, time of sadness yes, but also a time of reflection and hope for a better tomorrow. We all have choices in life and those experiences good or bad change our reality.
My life has had its share of tragedy, mistakes, disappointment, loss and regrets but it has also been filled many good things which continue to shape the tapestry of my life. So Happy New Year everyone….Live, Love, Learn and Leave a legacy.”
CameronHelps is gearing up for its 8th Annual Unbreakable Father’s Day 5k Run/Walk happening Sunday, June 19, 2016 in Port Credit, Ontario.
The Unbreakable Father’s Day 5k Run/Walk has grown significantly over the past eight years and this year organizers are expecting to sell out with 750 participants from across Ontario, many from the Team Unbreakable youth run programs held at Peel and Halton Region High Schools.
The run starts and finishes at the Port Credit Lighthouse (105 Lakeshore Rd. West) and follows a picturesque route along the Mississauga waterfront trail. Participants are encouraged to register early online at www.unbreakable5k.ca If there are any spots left for the 750 participant-capacity event, ‘day-of’ registration will start at 7:30 a.m. with the run beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Those who register will receive a shiny huge finisher’s medal, a sweat-wicking event shirt, and pancake breakfast for an early bird price of only $40. The breakfast, sponsored by the Erin Mills Kinsmen, starts at 9:30 a.m. following the run Breakfast tickets for spectators are available for purchase at the door or online for only $10.