Thanks to enthusiastic supporters, the Halton Unbreakable 5k and the Unbreakable Father’s Day 5K were two successful events organized in June to support youth mental health.
The Halton Unbreakable 5k was the inaugural run/walk which drew about 200 participants on June 1st. It was held along the Burlington Waterfront Trail in support of Halton Youth Mental Health initiatives and the CameronHelps’ Unbreakable youth running program. Students and staff from Halton District School Board and Halton Catholic District School Board were joined by family, friends and supporters. Check out the event photos
Christy Peterson is the Mental Health Lead for the Halton District School Board who helped organized the event. “It was a fabulous event. It was great to partner with CameronHelps and to see so many community members, parents and students come out – even from the elementary level. I’m happy to see the schools embracing a proactive, healthy strategy,” she said.
At the Father’s Day Unbreakable 5k event there was a record turnout and just like the Halton event, it was sunny and warm. More than 650 runners and walkers participated including teams from 15 area high schools. This was the sixth annual event, organized by the charity CameronHelps with funds raised going towards programs to support teen mental health and youth suicide prevention. CameronHelps’ CEO and founder David Harris started off the participants with a short inspirational talk.
Said David: “Each year the Father’s Day Event is and always will be an emotional one for me. This year was incredible…so many families and many young people rallying around what we are trying to accomplish. I think it helps to make us all on the board of directors know we are heading in the right direction.”
Afterwards there was a breakfast at the Legion Hall which was free to all runners and walkers. Thanks to generous donors and sponsors, more than $15,000 was raised. Look at our facebook album here.