Clara Hughes, the six-time Olympian, was the guest speaker at a dinner June 27 to benefit Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA) that raised $65,000.
The money will be used to help move into a new home at Elm and Elgin streets.
NISA is a grassroots organization that provides important programs and services for those living in Sudbury with mental health challenges.
Hughes is the only athlete in history to win multiple medals in both Summer and Winter Games. She competed in speed skating and cycling. Despite her victories, she suffered depression after competing. As a teen, she struggled with alcohol and drug abuse.
The athlete is sharing her story to help raise money for resources and to create awareness of mental health issues. On Canada Day in Ottawa, she completed a 12,000-kilometre bike ride across Canada. Clara’s Big Ride for Mental Health, is part of Bell’s Let’s Talk campaign – a national initiative aimed at fighting the stigma surrounding mental health. The ride will culminate on Canada Day in Ottawa.
Since the launch of the Let’s Talk campaign, Bell has committed over $62 million to Canadian mental health programs.