Building love and hope
Robert Wiseman is hoping to create a message of love and hope one birdhouse at a time.
The New-Wes-Valley man has been building housing units for fowl for the past two years – having sent more than 70 across Canada – but is now focusing his efforts at promoting mental health awareness.
As he was building the units, the 73-year-old often thought about how he could use his talents for a good cause.
“About five, six years ago my sister was in a very dark place. (Through treatment) we brought her back and she’s doing great,” Wiseman said. “People who suffer from mental health issues, they need all the help they can get, and they need to know people are there for them, so I decided to create the birdhouses as a symbol of love and care, as a show of support.”
He recently presented the large bird house display to the town of New-Wes-Valley, and donated a smaller one to the town’s fire department, to raffle off as a fundraiser.
And while he hasn’t reached out yet, Wiseman would also like to put his birdhouse at three other locations – two health care facilities within the province and at confederation building in St. John’s.
In having the birdhouses on display, Wiseman said, he wants people suffering with mental health problems to know there are people supporting them and that help is available to them.
“I’m really hoping it will make a difference in somebody’s life,” he said.