May 25 2014 - The 2nd Annual Borderline Walk was a great success! Thank you
On May 25, 2014 the Sashbear Foundation held its 2nd Annual Borderline Walk in Toronto. The weather could not have been better for the occasion, and once again, the wave of orange was very visible with even more participants than during last year's event. People of all ages could be seen throughout the 5k path, walking to show their support and to break the stigma surrounding Mental Health and Borderline Personality Disorder.
Our "sandwich" board message volunteers were once again walking the path with onlookers sometimes caught reading the messages and inquiring about the purpose of the event - raising awareness one person at a time...
Here are a few pictures taken during the event.
Pictures courtesy of Oliver Hannak
Pictures courtesy of John Fraser
Pictures courtesy of Wajih Abdalnour
Pictures courtesy of John Schultz taken of participants at the end of the walk. Can you find your pictures?
Dr. Shelley McMain, Head of the Borderline Personality Clinic at CAMH was part of the opening ceremonies to kick off the walk.
In addition, local musician Matt Elder and singer Rob Hughes delighted the crowd by performing a new song called "Making Waves" written specifically for this event!
Dr. Shelley McMain
picture courtesy of John Fraser
Karen Waddell and John Ralston
picture courtesy of John Fraser
Matt Elder and Rob Hughes, click here to hear song
picture courtesy of Oliver Hannak
The message of support for the Borderline Walk from Dr. Marsha Linehan, developer of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy was surely inspiring and set the tone for the event:
Thanks to our sponsors who helped make this event possible:
- Car Park Management - Platinum sponsor
- McLean 3East - Gold sponsor
- DBT Path LLC - Supporting sponsor
- Christensen Real Estate Team - Supporting sponsor
- Herzing College - Supporting sponsor
Participation in this year's walk was incredible and was coupled with unprecedented support from pledges. Your show of support is making a difference and inspires the Sashbear team to continue its work with renewed commitment and energy. We want to thank all of you and our fantastic team of volunteers for making this event a huge success!
Your support makes a difference
With the money raised from this event we are disseminating the importance of early prevention, life coping skills and a more compassionate validating environment for everyone. We are bringing awareness and support to communities through our school talks, workshops and conference networking sessions.
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 $9,000 goal with over $12,000 raised!
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
- Capacity building projects such as DBT training
- 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...