Tak­ing flight

Fundraiser bring­ing night of mu­sic, fun to Truro

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY LYNN CUR­WIN lynn.cur­win@truro­daily.com

For Shel­ley Austin, help­ing oth­ers helps her heal.

Af­ter the death of her son Lu­cas, in 2014, she con­tin­ued work­ing on ‘Lead With Your Heart,’ a men­tal health pro­gram he and his girl­friend were de­vel­op­ing. This marks the third year the pro­gram has held a spe­cial fundrais­ing evening for men­tal health pro­grams.

“Lu­cas was do­ing tango and busk­ing to raise money for men­tal health,” said Shel­ley. “He felt do­ing any­thing creative helped. It uses a dif­fer­ent part of your brain and it’s kind of a dis­trac­tion.”

‘Lead With Your Heart’ has raised more than $16,000 each year and con­tin­ues to keep cre­ativ­ity in­volved, sup­port­ing a lo­cal CMHA Art Works pro­gram, Out­sider In­sight and lo­cal gath­er­ings for peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues. It also sup­ports pro­grams for chil­dren and ado­les­cents at Laing House, in Hal­i­fax.

“It’s grow­ing and it feels good to have a pres­ence in the com­mu­nity and to help,” said Shel­ley. “Ev­ery year there’s a theme for the fundraiser and this year we’re call­ing it ‘Lead With Your Heart Takes Flight’ be­cause Lu­cas was re­ally big into travel.”

Travel will be part of the event in more than name, as there will be a raf­fle for a trip val­ued at $2,000.

Mu­si­cian Chad Peck will be open­ing, with Roxy and the Un­der­ground Soul Sound pro­vid­ing mu­sic dur­ing most of the evening.

“There will be good, fun mu­sic be­cause the idea is to cre­ate a fun night,” added Austin. “Lu­cas was al­ways about fun.”

Tick­ets for the event, which will be held at the Hol­i­day Inn on Satur­day, Oct. 21, from 7 to 11:30 p.m., are $25 and are avail­able at Sea Shell de­sign, MacQuar­rie’s Phar­masave (Es­planade lo­ca­tion), My HOME Ap­parel and on­line at .https://www.eventbrite. ca/e/lead-with-your-heart-takes-flight-tick­ets-36156666563

Shel­ley Austin

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