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CMHA's Mental Health in Motion raises $166K for youth services

Thanks to support of the community, new Mobile Youth Walk-In Clinic (MOBYSS) 'is on a mission to help 20,000 more youth,' CEO says

More than 300 participants raised more than $166,000 for youth mental health services at Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) York Region South Simcoe’s largest fundraising event, Mental Health in Motion.

The June 11 in Newmarket was also a celebration for the unveiling of the next generation of CMHA’s Mobile Youth Walk-In Clinic (MOBYSS).

“A decade ago, a dream was born to create an innovative mobile clinic for youth, and thanks to a community that strongly believes in mental health, MOBYSS has delivered life-saving care to more than 16,000 youth across York Region and south Simcoe since 2015,” Rebecca Shields, CEO of CMHA York Region South Simcoe, said in a news release.

“Now more than ever, youth in our community need access to safe medical and mental health care, and with the help of this incredible community, the next generation of MOBYSS is on a mission to help 20,000 more youth.”

To date, Mental Health in Motion has raised more than $166,000, including $119,361 through peer-to-peer fundraising and $47,297 through sponsorships, corporate donations, silent auctions and registration fees. Donations are being accepted until June 30 at

This year, the top fundraising participants are Judy Brunton, who raised $17,941, Jim Eliopoulos, who raised $6,745, and Frank Romantini, who raised $6,525. The top fundraising team is Team Jake, which raised $13,095.

CMHA York Region South Simcoe is grateful for the support of presenting sponsor Staples Canada, as well as additional sponsors McDonald’s Canada, Cattanach Hindson Sutton VanVeldhuizen LLP Barristers and Solicitors, TS Tech, Powell Contracting, Foster Family Chiropractic and Associates, and Knowledge Broker Real Estate.

CMHA York Region South Simcoe is also appreciative of the many in-kind community supporters and vendors at Mental Health in Motion: Steps Management Group Inc., Orangetheory Fitness Newmarket-Aurora, York Regional Police, Oli Graham, Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, Minuteman Press, Ontario Provincial Police, Town of Newmarket, Water Depot Newmarket, McDonald's Canada, D&D Party Rentals, Big Bone BBQ, Metroland, London Publishing Corp., NewmarketToday/Village Media, 105.9 The Region and Neighbour Media.