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Canal Pursuit for Defeat Depression 2017

The Bee’s Knees Encaustics is joining the Canal Pursuit this coming weekend as it passes through the Lakefield area and you or your business can too!

The Canal Pursuit for mental health is a 750 km relay run along the Trent-Severn Canal from Port Severn to Trenton, across to Kingston, then up the Rideau Canal to Ottawa ending on Parliament Hill at the Centennial Flame, to help raise awareness and funds for mental health issues in cooperation with the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. You can get involved by registering a team or an individual, or by making a donation. To donate to The Bee’s Knees team click here.


Join the Move For Mental Health Challenge! Relay teams will be running 100 km per day for 7-1/2 days, but depression never rests. So we encourage you to get active. You can join the relay team and run a 10 km segment or two, or even run your own fundraiser! You can run, walk, cross train, spin, knit, swim…..just move! This is your chance to participate and help us raise awareness of mental health and reduce the stigma when you register for the Move For Mental Health Challenge.

Donations received through the Defeat Depression campaign assist local community organizations who provide critical supports and services to individuals and families affected by depression, mood disorders and other mental illness. One in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and the need for community services has never been greater. Community mental health organizations are struggling to keep up with demand. While mental illness reflects approximately 15% of the health care burden in Canada, only a small fraction of health care dollars are allocated to mental health. This directly impacts health services available in your community. We know that timely access to mental health care can make a difference between rapid recovery and return to daily living, or lifelong chronic illness.

This lack of funding is why your support makes a difference. The financial model of this campaign is structured to keep the majority of funds raised in local communities, with 75% of proceeds going directly to local services and 25% going to support the national campaign. A small portion is earmarked for administrative costs, with the majority going to developing and supplying resources and campaign materials.