AFS Foundation’s 1st Annual Run for Mental Health

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The Algoma Family Services (AFS) Foundation has become synonymous the last few years for raising awareness for Mental Health while providing the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding area with a physical outlet for your mental health while raising funds to support the AFS Foundation and the mental health of others.

This year we are proud to announce the 1st Annual AFS Foundation Run for Mental Health. The event will be an annual marathon and half marathon running event taking place on June 26th.

This year’s event will be a modified individual event due to COVID-19 restrictions that can take place anytime over two weeks, ending July 10th.  The new Run for Mental Health supports the programs and services of Algoma Family Services (AFS).

This event promotes awareness and provides much-needed funding for early intervention and prevention programs for infants, children and youth struggling with mental health challenges. The Run for Mental Health is an all-age event with multiple distances available.

The event will consist of 3 distances(km): BP-21, BP-42 and for those who want to run the ultimate marathon the BP-61. As a modified event this year, you’ll have the opportunity to run/walk your distance overtwo weeks.

“We want everyone to be able to participate in and enjoy this event.Physical activity is an important component to support our mental health. Whether you walk, jog, run or use a walking assisted device, there is a spot for you on our team.”  Said, event organizers.

The BP distances are named in honour of local youth, Brett Provenzano who suddenly and tragically lost his life on June 26th, 2010, at the age of 15. On that day, our board chair Sonny Spina, a police officer at the time, responded to the call for assistance and immediately became connected with the Provenzano family. That connection has continued over the past decade in many ways including Gail Provenzano, Brett’s mother, and Sonny enjoying running together.

Beginning this year, and with the help of the Provenzano family, June 26th will be a day for raising awareness and funds to help local youth who are struggling with mental health challenges, while celebrating Brett and the lasting impact of his life had on our community. As a first-time event,there is no set cost to participate. Participation will be by donation or individuals can choose to raise pledges. Donation receipts will be provided for any amount donated over $20.

Please feel free to donate online by visiting https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/algoma-family-services-foundation/. If you would like to provide a donation by cash/cheque (Cheques made payable to the AFS Foundation) it can be dropped off at the AFS Foundation office at 205 McNabb St.

Please put the donation in an envelope addressed to the Foundation and include information for a tax receipt if necessary. For more information about the event please visit our social media pages Facebook, Instagram or email [email protected].