Floor hockey raises money for mental health
Young and old came out Saturday to score a major win in the campaign to deal with mental illness.
The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families hosted their second annual Score One for Mental Health floor hockey tournament at Fellowes High School in Pembroke with 136 participants raising money for a cause that has touched so many Canadians.
Dividing the high school’s massive gymnasium into floor hockey rinks, 17 teams of eight players each battled it out in four divisions between the ages of nine and 18 plus. Last year’s event saw 12 teams registered and brought in $5,000 that went to sustaining mental health initiatives in the region.
“We want kids to be happy and we want them to be active, and it’s been really great to see the community come together,” said Phoenix Centre fundraising and marketing co-ordinator Victoria Morena.
Proceeds from this tournament were to going towards the Phoenix Centre’s 24/7 crisis line as well as the Friends and Neighbours Club which uses life size puppets to help children ages two to 11 learn about mental health and physical health issues and introduce strategies to deal with these issues.
Phoenix Centre executive director Greg Lubimiv said it’s important that fundraisers not only reach out into the community but are fun venues as well. That is the reason he believed the tournament attracted more players this year.
“We’re a family agency and this is a great family event,” he said.
Although mental health is becoming less stigmatized and is being more publicized in the media and as part of a national discussion, organizations at the forefront of the battle to cope with the illness continue to rely on public support.
“All non-profit agencies are struggling with zero per cent increases from the government for the last 26 years so we’ve come to rely more on fundraising and foundation grants,” Lubimiv added. The centre is currently developing a community health plan that make it easier for clients to access mental health services.
Score One for Mental Health was also supported by Giant Tiger and Pembroke Esso who donated the food and drinks for a charity barbecue held in conjunction with the tournament.
Article by Sean Chase at the Pembroke Daily Observer