SCUGOG: North Durham residents will have a chance to walk to raise awareness of mental health, on Saturday, June 10th.
The year, Community Care Durham’s annual Walk for Mental Health Awareness is coming to Port Perry.
“This year, the walk is being held in Port Perry, as well as in Whitby, to give people in North Durham a more convenient option to participate, get involved with the walk, and raise awareness about mental health,” Community Resources coordinator, Jan Lovelock told The Standard.
The Port Perry walk will run from 9 a.m. until noon. People can choose a one, two or five kilometre run or walk. The walk begins at Palmer Park, follows the old rail line along the boardwalk, down Beech Street, and along Lakeshore Drive to the waterfront trail, which winds around Canterbury Common and Lake Scugog. Participants then turn around and return to Palmer Park, for a free barbecue lunch.
There will also be prizes, including overnight stays for two at the Nestleton Waters Inn, Blue Jays tickets, and a portable BBQ with $25 food gift card.
Former NHL player and City TV sportscaster Jim McKenny is the master of ceremonies for the Port Perry walk.
“We are thrilled to have Jim McKenny as our MC. As well as his background as an NHL player and City TV sportscaster, Jim has coped with mental health issues over the years, making him a great choice as MC.,” Ms. Lovelock said.
All funds raised from the walk will support Community Care Durham’s services.
People can pre-register for the walk, by calling 905-430-8014 or 905-985-7784, visiting www.ccdwalk.org, or by dropping in to a Community Care Durham office.
This year marks the 12th time Community Care Durham has held the walk at Heydenshore Park in Whitby, and now it's in Port Perry too!