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Hamilton to Toronto Fundraising Walk for Men’s Health and Welfare

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Spotlight on Men’s Health as Hamilton Man Begins 5-Day Trek from Hamilton to Toronto

Listen to Attila Vinczer interview Dan Perrins as he sets out on his walk this afternoon

CAFE will post daily updates from Dan during his route:
Dan Perrins Update #1 (evening May 4, 2015)
Dan Perrins Update #2 (evening May 5, 2015)
Dan Perrins Update #3 (evening May 6, 2015)
Dan Perrins Update #4 (evening May 7, 2015)
Dan Perrins Update #5 (evening May 8, 2015)

dandogWe are pleased to announce that Dan Perrins and his canine companion Jeb, will be participating in Canada’s national Mental Health Week this year. The way Dan has chosen participate is to walk from outside of Hamilton to Queen’s Park Toronto. He has dedicated this walk to his older brother Anthony Perrins who killed himself on May 8, 1982 and Earl Silverman a friend and fellow human rights advocate, who killed himself on April 26, 2013.

Dan himself has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress disorder and is familiar with the current mental health system in Ontario. His dog Jeb is part of his therapy for PTSD.

He’s called it the “Men-Tell Health Because Silence is Deadly” walk in the hopes of encouraging men to reach out for help. He also wants to raise awareness about the lack of help for men who do reach out.

Jeb and Dan will start in Dundas, just outside of Hamilton, and walk towards Toronto. They’ll be stopping at city halls of the municipalities along the way to hand deliver letters highlighting the necessity and urgency for an increase in mental health services geared towards men. It will take him about 5 days to cover the distance, which will be about 75 miles in total. Further details of the route Jeb has picked out for them will be announced shortly.

He will be staying in each city for a few hours most likely around 10 am – 2 pm along the way for a few hours to talk to people each day too.

Dan has chosen to walk for the Canadian Centre for Men and Families. Donations will help programs for men currently running at the centre, such as counselling, peer support, mindfulness meditation and legal resources, and help to create a larger variety of services to serve a wider population.

To support men’s mental health, click here to donate now. Be sure to designate the donation to the “Men-Tell Health Walk (Because men not asking for help is deadly)” fund.

Dan is also inviting all those who support men’s mental health to join him for legs of the walk.

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Media Advisory – For Immediate Release

Spotlight on Men’s Health as Hamilton Man Begins 5-Day Trek from Hamilton to Toronto

HAMILTON, ONTARIO — (May 4, 2015) Hamilton resident Dan Perrins today begins a 5-day 120 km trek from Hamilton to the Ontario legislature to raise awareness of men’s mental health. Hamilton Chief of Police Glenn De Caire will join the walk today at 2:30PM.

The event is in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s 64th Annual Mental Health Week, which is focused on the mental health and well-being of men and boys.

Joined by his four-legged companion Jeb and supporters along the route, Perrins aims to raise $25,000 for the mental health programs at Toronto’s first “Men’s Centre,” the Canadian Centre for Men and Families (CCMF) located in downtown Toronto.

“My brother Anthony took his life in 1982, and I lost a very close friend in Earl Silverman in 2013,” said Perrins, referring to the Calgary violence against men campaigner.

According to the CMHA, men are four times as likely to take their own lives than women, a statistic that Perrins would like to see change. “We’re failing men,” says Perrins, “But with this walk I hope that we’ll be able to not only raise some money for the CCMF but also raise awareness of the issue so that more people get involved.”

Perrins will arrive at Queen’s Park at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 8.

CONTACT

Justin Trottier
Executive Director,
Canadian Centre for Men and Families
jtrottier@menandfamilies.org
416-402-8856

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