It’s “Mental Illness Awareness Week” (Oct. 1-7) and the public is urged to show its support by taking part in the fifth-annual “Steps Against Stigma” here this Wednesday evening.
Hosted by the Fort Frances branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, opening ceremonies (including warm-up exercises with Energy Fitness and DJ Party Rock) will be held at 7 p.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina.
The 1K and 5K walk/runs along the riverfront will follow at 7:30.
It’s not too late to register, stressed Christina Hahkala, who once again is co-organizing the event with fellow CMHA staffer Kristi Albright.
“Early registration would be great,” she remarked, adding about 40 people have signed up as of this morning.
Pre-registration costs $10.
If you wait until the day of the event, it will cost $15.
Registration forms are available at CMHA-FF Fort Frances and Energy Fitness, as well as online at www.cmhaff.ca
Hahkala said she’s looking forward to the event.
“It’s something that I really enjoy doing every year and look forward to,” she enthused.
“I love to see new people come out,” added Hahkala, noting the event is all about raising awareness of mental illness, as well as getting people together to talk about it and support each other.
Each participant will receive a glow necklace when they arrive, but they’re also urged to dress up in even more glow-in-the-dark clothing or accessories.
Prizes will be awarded for the child and the adult with the “best glow,” Hahkala noted.
Door prizes for one adult and one child also will be drawn after the event (you must participate in the event and be present to win).
Water will be provided at rest stations along the route while a healthy snack will be provided afterwards.
Hahkala noted “Steps Against Stigma” will go ahead rain or shine, adding that in the past, participants have braved inclement weather.
For more information, call Hahkala at 274-2347 ext. 214 or Albright at 274-2347 ext. 203.