UXBRIDGE: At a committee meeting last week, 14-year-old Uxbridge local, Hayden Prince had a lot of homework ahead of him, but after a week of hard work, the event he is organizing in support of Durham Mental Health and the Cam Hicks Foundation has finally been approved by council.
Shooting 4 Mental Health: Operation Nucleus is a 22-hour Airsoft Military Simulation Event taking place at Uxbridge Shooting Sports on April 15 at 5pm to April 16 from 9am to 3pm. Airsoft is similar to paintball, where participants eliminate each other by hitting each other with spherical pellets shot by replica guns. Hayden Prince assured council these will be biodegradable ammunition.
The 22-hour military simulation event was designed in consultation with Hayden’s brother Matt Prince of the Royal Canadian Regiment and Ken Wong of Toronto Airsoft. Operation Nucleus will be supervised by Canadian Armed Forces personnel and Queens York Rangers. The minimum age to register is 14 years old.
To add to the realism of the event, Friday evening at about 11pm, two fireworks will be fired to simulate an explosion. At 9am on Saturday, a helicopter will land on the grounds, simulating a special forces group landing and at 1pm about 200 blank rounds will be fired to simulate a group of civilians in battle with opposing forces.
The event was held up for approval by council because of permit and noise concerns, and Hayden was asked to go out and secure support from the community and the Township.
Hayden did what he was asked by Council and went out and let local residents know about the event.
“I have secured signatures from residences in Ward 3 and am proud to say we have support from the community,” Mr. Prince said.
Ward 3 Councillor, Dave Barton also got support from the community. “I talked to the vocal members of the Ward and they have no issue with the event and give Hayden their full support,” said Councillor Barton.
100 per cent of the proceeds will be going to Durham Mental Health and Cam’s Kids, Cam Hicks’ Kids Foundation, an organization focused on providing support to youth struggling with anxiety, helping them to cope effectively in order to reach their full potential.
Hayden Prince is no stranger to giving back to the community.
To date, he has raised more than $11,700 and 6,500 pounds of food for the local food bank and $1,094 for mental health.
Last year, Hayden was officially recognized for his fundraising and awareness campaigns by Lieutenant Governor, Elizabeth Townsend with an Ontario Junior Citizen Award.
For more information or to register please go to: www.shooting4mentalhealth.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org