The Lloydminster Region Healthcare Foundation’s 18th annual gala has raised $135,000 for Project Sunrise.
Project Sunrise was developed as a means of addressing the challenges of mental health and addictions within the Lloydminster community. The Lloydminster Region Health Foundation, in collaboration with the City of Lloydminster, commissioned a comprehensive mental health needs assessment which included a review of current services, service providers, and the community’s needs. The results pointed to a community significantly impacted by the economic downturn, resulting in community members struggling to deal with a variety of stressors.
An initial donation to the Lloydminster Region Healthcare Foundation in 2014 from Lloydminster community members Richard and Barbara Klinger, kick-started the Project Sunrise mental health initiative. Since then, many people have contributed their time and effort to fundraising for Project Sunrise.
Since the implementation of Project Sunrise, the need for the program has only increased. It is estimated that throughout Canada, one in five people will struggle with mental health or addictions problems. For Lloydminster, the statistic is even more serious, with mental health or addictions issues affecting one in three people.
Currently, Project Sunrise is undergoing a variety of developmental phases including:
The Foundation’s 18th Annual Gala resulted in $135,000 in donations, while Giving Tuesday on November 27 raised an additional $2,500 in contributions.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support across the entire region for Project Sunrise,” states Foundation CEO Malcolm Radke. “In just 18 months, Lloydminster and surrounding area have already raised over $1,000,000 for mental health support. These donations have come from every corner of the community; from local blue-collar businesses, youth, grandparents, and even municipal governments. Everyone knows that mental health is an important issue for our community. The community as a whole are coming together to respond to this increasing challenge. It’s been an amazing campaign, and we will continue to fund initiatives that support better mental health for all.”