The Bell Kaleidoscope of Hope Gala is a focused initiative to raise money in support of youth mental health.
Our children are increasingly depressed, anxious, or suicidal. In Canada, 4000 die by suicide every year!
As parents of teenagers and former teachers of teenagers, my husband and I share a passionate commitment to address these issues. The Bell Kaleidoscope of Hope Gala is a direct response to this alarming situation.
In our research, Tony and I discovered that, far too often, depressed teens and their parents had nowhere to turn for help. Realizing the severity of their situations, they would often go to a hospital where most would be turned away due to a critical lack of funding. We found this very distressing since it is known that to save a life, help must be provided immediately. The difference of a day can mean the difference between life and death. Then we discovered the Youth Services Bureau Walk-In Clinic which, at the time, was open only one day a week. Realizing the critical importance of this program to saving lives, we organized the inaugural Bell Kaleidoscope of Hope Gala to raise money to expand the reach and capacity of the Clinic. As a result, funds raised helped YSB open satellite sites in Kanata and within two local schools.
In an effort to reach more troubled youth, in 2012 we approached CHEO and DIFD at The Royal and were very proud that 2012 and 2013’s Bell Kaleidoscope of Hope Gala supported three foundations with proceeds channelled to specific programs and/or services.
We are now planning this year’s Gala. The 2014 Bell Kaleidoscope of Hope Gala will take place on Saturday, October 25 at the Hampton Inn and Conference Centre. This year, funds will go directly to the Walk-In Clinic (Youth Services Bureau), the Dialectical Behavior Program (CHEO) and a new module for the Respect In Sport for Activity Leaders course (DIFD with the Ottawa Senators Foundation).
We ask you to help make a difference. We must teach our children that life is worth living — that life can get better.