On Sunday June 25th Brooke Jones began her week long trek that she called “Hike 4 Health.” She travelled from Ontario to the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island in Pacific Rim National Park, where she began her solo-hike. Brooke hiked a total of 75 km in 6 days to raise awareness for mental health, and to be a reminder of the value of outdoor pursuits and the connection to mental well-being.
“As an Uxbridge resident, I (along with other youth) have witnessed the passings of multiple friends and friends of friends due to mental health circumstances. I am also aware that many people in the community are or have struggled with various mental health conditions. As a way to try to raise awareness of this issue and to support organizations that support mental-wellness, I figured I’d create this initiative and base it off of something that I have always used myself to find peace of mind - hiking. I chose The Cam’s Kids Foundation and Uxbridge Summer Camps program to financially benefit from it as they both provide local youth with low-barrier opportunities to practice mental-wellness and are supporters of the outdoors as a tool to do so,” says Brooke.
Brooke raised a total of $1500 for Cam’s Kids Foundation and Uxbridge Summer Camps. Thanks so much for your support Brooke and for reminding us that it is vital to get out into nature!
To see Brooke’s full Trip Report go to her website: https://myhikeforhealth.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/trip-report-west-coast-trail/