Destigmatize mental health fundraiser set for Saturday
The second annual fundraiser for mental health is coming up on Saturday and it goes to show that young people can make a difference.
Riverview High School student Victoria Chapman is a currently in Grade 12, but was inspired to start this event last year when her cousin, Christopher, lost his battle to mental illness.
Last year, over $4,000 was raised for the mental health unit in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
The Destigmatize fundraiser is an allages concert from 3-10 p.m. followed by a bar show from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The all-ages concert will be held at the Undercurrent Youth Centre in Sydney and the bar show will be at Governor’s Pub & Eatery for those nineteen and over.
“It will help raise money for a part of the hospital that’s having lots of budget cuts,” Chapman said when asked how her event will impact the community. “It’s also helping spread awareness about something and taking away the negative stigma surrounding mental illness.”
The all-ages show is admission by a minimum donation of $10 and the bar show is a minimum donation of $7, or both shows can be attended for $15. Both shows are pay at the door.
The lineup includes: Bailey Shibinette, Rob Murphy, The Oaklands, Tamarack, Mercy for the lost, Electric Spoonful, Nomad with King Tha Caper and King Cobra, Quik Fhix, 10 slip, Cap Gun, Keith Doom and The Wrecking Crew, and Static in Action.
Quik Fhix recently won Caper Radio’s Battle of the Bands and 10 slip won second place; they are both included in the lineup for Destigmatize.
If you have any questions about the event you can email the creator and organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org.