Clarenville wel­comes youth men­tal health ad­vo­cates on cross-coun­try trek

Hope in the Dark­ness walk to fundraise for youth men­tal health ser­vices

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Editorial -

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.

JONATHAN PAR­SONS PHO­TOS

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.

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