COLLINGWOOD AND THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, ON) The Collingwood and The Blue Mountains OPP Detachment will be partnering with the Rotary Club of Collingwood Southern Georgian Bay on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 to support youth in our community.
The Rotary Club’s event; Give Your Heart to Rotary Radio-a-Thon at the Peak FM, in conjunction with the OPP will be helping to increase awareness of The Push for Change initiative and wishes to have your participation as a community partner.
The Push for Change is a national awareness and youth empowerment campaign focused on ending youth homelessness. The Push for Change is spearheaded by Joe Roberts who was, at one time, a homeless youth living in Vancouver. While on the streets in Vancouver, Joe sold his boots for $10 to buy drugs. Shoeless and penniless, he called his Mom back in Ontario. Once back home, Joe tried to get clean, but it was too difficult. One dark night, Joe had a firearm and was threatening suicide. His Mom called the OPP which was a turning point for Joe and he was ultimately able to get the help he needed. He went on to graduate from college on the Dean’s list, became a successful CEO and started paying it forward resulting in The Push for Change campaign.
As part of a national awareness campaign, Joe is pushing a shopping cart 9,000 km across Canada and stopping at various communities along the way to speak about the issues at the root of youth homelessness. Although Joe will not be stopping in Collingwood we wish to help him in his endeavor and for us to work together to make sustainable change for Canadian youth. The OPP across the province is engaging in more than 170 community-based events to assist Joe and the ultimate goal of The Push for Change, which is to bring awareness and bring about change related to youth homelessness.
Everyone is welcome to the local event taking place at the Central Park Arena where OPP officers will be available for an open skate with youth and their families from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We will be setting up booths in the arena to bring awareness of the services available to assist youths in our community. Joe Roberts will be participating in a live phone interview at 8:00 a.m. at the Peak FM. There will also be an opportunity for agencies to do a live interview with Peak FM radio host Lisa O’Hara.
Other locations throughout the day include the Tim Horton’s on First Street from 6am – 9am, and Sushi Hon from 11am – 2pm.