Recently, almost 200 people braved rainy weather to lace up for the second Oro-Medonte Kid’s Run held at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds. The event raised an incredible $11,392 in support of RVH’s Simcoe Muskoka Regional Child and Youth Mental Health Program.
Twins Mikayla and Madison McDermott founded the Oro-Medonte Kids Run last year as part of a school change-maker project which highlighted the importance of supporting mental health for children and youth.
“It was another incredibly successful year for the Oro-Medonte Kids Run,” said Neil McDermott, Race Director and Madison and Mikayla’s father. “It’s with the support of the community that we are able to continue raising funds and awareness for child and youth mental health and to help bring support to those in our community. We’d like to thank all our runners and sponsors for helping us surpass our fundraising goal.”
Since January of 2018, the regional child and youth mental health program has provided care to more than 1,500 individual children and youth from across Simcoe Muskoka through the eight-bed inpatient unit, outpatient program or Day Program.
Heather Cochrane, RVH Manager of Adult Crisis Services and the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Child and Youth Mental Health Program, said she was honoured to participate in the race along with her eight-year–old daughter, Nora.
“Mikayla and Madison have not only raised funds, they’ve raised awareness and continued the conversation around youth mental health amongst children, families and the community. RVH is extremely grateful for their efforts,” explains Cochrane.
Photo: Oro-Medonte Kids Run founders, Madison and Mikayla McDermott, are joined by their parents, Neil and Jennifer, and brother Ben, to announce the final fundraising total raised from the 2019 Oro-Medonte Kids Run in support of the RVH Simcoe Muskoka Regional Child and Youth Mental Health Program.