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AndrewDunn.org - Mission Statement

AndrewDunn.org was established to help educate and create awareness surrounding mental health issues and suicide.

We are a grassroots organization that partners with other agencies in order to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

Our goal is to become a foundation that continues to make a difference in how people perceive mental illness, and to increase public awareness of available resources and effective treatment.

Our Big Fundraising Event and Current Projects

AndrewDunn.org’s big annual event is our Andrew Dunn Walk/Run, held each year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day in Oakbank, Manitoba.

We support several mental health educational and awareness events including the Putting a Face to Suicide Conference, through our partnership with the Health Sciences Centre and the National Mental Health Conference, through our close working partnership with the Mood Disorders Association.  Both of these important mental health events are held in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The organization also supports and presents two annual awards to deserving students; one is a good citizen award to a student at Royal Elementary School in Charleswood, Manitoba and the other is presented to a student upon graduation from Springfield Collegiate Institute in Oakbank, Manitoba, with special consideration given to furthering their education in the area of mental health.

Volunteers

AndrewDunn.org is run by volunteers steered by an executive committee. The committee members meet on the second Sunday of each month in Oakbank, Manitoba.

AndrewDunn.org and the Andrew Dunn Walk/Run are named in memory of a precious life that was lost to suicide. The naming of our organization does not in any way honor a death by suicide. Rather our name echoes the permanent sense of loss and the pain that is left behind in the wake of a suicide and inspires our organization members’ efforts to be a part of suicide awareness and prevention initiatives.

The Walk/Run History

The Andrew Dunn Walk/Run is a Saturday of the Mother’s Day weekend tradition in Oakbank, Manitoba.

AndrewDunn.org was co-founded in 2007 by Brenda Balinski and Judy Dunn with a St. Patrick’s Day social held to raise money to fund its first walk. That first Andrew Dunn Walk/Run was held on Mother’s Day in 2007 at Bird’s Hill Park, with over 100 people taking part.

By 2010, the run had relocated to the community of Oakbank, Manitoba and moved the date of the event to the Saturday before Mother’s Day and has now grown to include well over 500 people.


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