Ontario Construction News staff writer
Andy Trewick, president and CEO at Graham, is running five kilometres a day in five Graham cities over five days to raise funds for mental health.
After an eight-week training and fundraising campaign, Trewick concluded the campaign today after running five kilometres in five cities – Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle and Denver – over five days.
Every dollar raised in Canada will be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association and money raised in the U.S. will be donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).The 5/5/5 Moving for Mental Health run is an initiative born out of a desire to build awareness about the positive impact physical activity can have on mental health. Trewick has blown past $100,000 fundraising goal, doubling the target with more than $200,000 for mental health resources for youth and adolescents on both sides of the border.
“I’m not a serious athlete, but I am serious about physical and mental health. We’re all on our own mental health journey.” Trewick said. “At Graham, we’re committed to helping our employees build healthy and happy lives and the mental health and psychological safety of our workforce, partners and community is a critical focus.
“We believe an investment in wellness is essential to ensuring our employees’ best performance and their overall wellbeing,” explained c. “If living through a pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that mental health matters and affects everyone no matter who they are.”
In addition to the outpouring of donations received so far, five Graham corporate partners – Borden Ladner Gervais, headversity, RBC, Travelers Bond and Zedcor Security Solutions sponsored the run, ensuring 100 per cent of the donations go directly to the charities.
“CMHA National is inspired and thrilled by Graham and this initiative,” said Margaret Eaton, national CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association. “This generous contribution will aid in providing mental health care and support for youth, their families and communities across Canada. Our huge thanks and admiration to all who participated in the run and donated.”
In the U.S. funds will equally benefit NAMI in Colorado, California and Washington.
“NAMI Colorado is grateful that Graham reached out to its U.S. cities where it has operations,” stated Ray Merenstein, executive director of NAMI Colorado. “Partnerships and innovative ideas like this, along with generous donors, will provide ongoing, free, mental health support for thousands of Coloradans.”
Graham is an employee-owned construction solutions partner with 2,200 employees and offices across North America.