Clarenville welcomes youth mental health advocates on cross-country trek
Hope in the Darkness walk to fundraise for youth mental health services
It was a bitter, cold morning in Clarenville, but it’s something Kevin Redsky is getting used to on his cross-country trek dubbed The Hope in the Darkness.
Beginning in St. John’s this week, Redsky is walking 40-kilometres a day on his way across Canada in an effort to fundraise for youth mental health services, and contribute awareness, with a focus on indigenous youth mental health. Redsky, an indigenous police officer, is walking with youth and police on his journey, hoping to bring people together and recognize different groups and families in an effort to support and listen to youth in crisis.
Redsky told The Packet while he’s pretty stiff from the walking, he’s glad to have the people around him helping and he’s encouraged by all the support he’s received — even if it’s only a simple honk from a car on the highway.
On Friday morning, he was joined by many of the RCMP officers from the Clarenville detachments, local residents and other walkers.
The band manager for Mumford and Sons, Adam Tudhope, and his family from the U.K. were even in attendance. Tudhope says Mumford and Sons have supported Redsky’s cause and he came to Newfoundland and Labrador to help lend support at the beginning of the journey.
If interested in donating to the cause, there’s a GoFundMe link on www.hopeinthedarkness.ca.
A group of walkers in Clarenville on Friday morning joined Anishinabek Police Service Detachment Commander Kevin Redsky on his Hope in the Darkness walk to raise funds and awareness for youth mental health services.
Anishinabek Police Service Detachment Commander Kevin Redsky.