Des­tig­ma­tize men­tal health fundraiser set for Satur­day

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY HANNAH RUDDERHAM Hannah Rudderham is a Grade 11 stu­dent at Riverview Ru­ral High School in Cox­heath. She is cur­rently on a co-op ed­u­ca­tion place­ment at the Cape Bre­ton Post. Rudderham can be reached at lenda­hand@hot­mail.ca.

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 vic­to­ria.chap­man562@gmail.com.

Chap­man

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