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Healthy Minds and Health Bodies: Team Unbreakable Coach Profile Teresa Lorentz

In a salute to the unsung heroes of our high school Team Unbreakable program, CameronHelps is profiling some of the dedicated coaches who teach, nurture and run with our youth. Our second profile is with Teresa Lorentz, a Child and Youth Counsellor for St. Elizabeth Seton Saints in Burlington.

Teresa has been a Team Unbreakable coach for one year, and says the students enjoy the lunch-time runs as a way to practice “healthy minds and bodies.”

The 20-year veteran of the Halton Catholic school board says the program is a great initiative to have at the school. “This is the second year we have run the program and the overall experience was very positive and we hope to have more students involved next year,” Teresa says.

“I really enjoyed seeing the kids train and work towards a personal goal. I was happy to see their faces light up before, during and after the runs. There is also great support at our school from the principal, teachers who have helped to coach and from the students and families that participated.”

Teresa says the students enjoy the social aspects of running together, and the teamwork involved in helping others to achieve their goals. “This is a great initiative to promote positive mental and physical health,” Teresa adds.

In her spare time Teresa likes to keep active herself by going to the gym, bike riding and hiking.

Register now for 8th Annual Unbreakable Father’s Day 5k

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. 

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

CameronHelps’ website gets a new makeover

The CameronHelps’ website at www.cameronhelps.ca was recently upgraded and modernized to reflect the growth and branding of the charity.

A professional web design firm, Firefly Creative Inc. was engaged to help in the makeover, which adds a number of new features, such as a mobile-friendly version, and easier-scroll down pages, along with rich imagery.

“We wanted a new site that better reflects the organization, in particular how we have expanded our Team Unbreakable school programs and the different level of programs in the community that we offer,” says CameronHelps’ CEO David Harris.

Thanks to our fundraising efforts, generous sponsors and donors and the huge support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, CameronHelps is rapidly expanding into the Toronto area and continues to grow in Halton/Peel as well as other regions of Ontario.

“Firefly was an easy choice as our ‘go-to” design firm to take on this site,” said David Rowney, CameronHelps’ communications manager. They quickly understood our objectives and built a site that is very visually pleasing, easy to navigate and tells the complete Team Unbreakable story.”

The team from Firefly, led by CEO & Creative Director Shivani Sharma, has been around for more than three years. They do inspired marketing, using real-world insights to create authentic brand experiences. They create everything from advertising campaigns to branded assets like websites and social media. Some of their past clients include Baskin Robbins Canada, Harlequin Enterprises, Ribfest Toronto, and Stitchy Lizard.

The team who worked on the site include Phil Hobberlin ,Web Developer; Joe Delostritto, Art Director; and Ashwin Kapadiya, Account Manager. ”Working with a charity such as CameronHelps makes it all worthwhile and we believe this site will set them up for future success as new people view all the new features,” said Shivani. Some of the highlights of the site for Firefly are the full screen images around the site and improved news section to showcase CameronHelps’ activities, and the site’s simplicity that makes all the information more accessible for everyone.