Build­ing love and hope

The Central Voice - - News - BY ADAM RAN­DELL Adam.ran­dell@the­cen­

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.

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