May 26 2013 - The Borderline Walk
Sashbear.org launched its first walk for The Sashbear Foundation on Sunday May 26 in beautiful Sunnyside Boardwalk on the shores of Lake Ontario in west Toronto.
Borderline Personality Disorder aka Emotion Regulation Disorder is affecting up to 6% of the population and we have decided to talk about it. Sasha would be proud to see our School talks called "Borderline What...a message of hope", our swimming relays and now, our 5k walk.
"The Borderline Walk" was a huge success, with just over 300 people participating and, on this sunny day, a lot of orange shirts could be seen on the boardwalk, along with our "sandwich people" carrying messages of awareness in front and back. The atmosphere was incredible and we heard wonderful comments from both participants and other people passing by. We sense a change is coming.
Here are some pictures taken during this event:
And some inspirational messages written in the sand:
Messages of awareness
The following messages of awareness were shown during the walk by our tireless volunteer "sandwich people" which carried them, one on their back and one on their front:
Your donations made a difference
Donations to The Sashbear Foundation for this event exceeded our $5,000 goal.
Thanks to you this money will help maintain and expand our efforts to raise awareness about mental illness and ways to support and help each other. Here are some of the efforts that your donations will help fund:
- Borderline What? - a message of hope School Talks
- Swim Relays
- Peer support facilitation
- Future events to raise awareness
To donate to The Sashbear Foundation click on donate button below. The Sashbear Foundation is an Ontario approved charity (corp number 1889331) currently applying for CRA registered status. As a result no tax receipts can be given for donations to this event:
If you wish to receive a tax receipt for your donation please donate to The Sasha Menu Courey Fund at Mount Sinai Foundation were your donations will help improve access to treatment of Emotion Regulation Disorder via expansion of DBT services at the Hospital.
Here are two posters that were used to advertise the Borderline Walk.
- We are all doing the best we can and we can all do better...
- Let's remove stigma from mental illness and Borderline Personality Disorder...
- We are all in this together, you are not alone...
- Validation before problem solving...
- Emotion Regulation Disorder is the new name for Borderline Personality Disorder...
- Let's teach DBT skills in schools...
- Let's intervene, let's intervene early...