What goes up must come down: iClimb for United Way

Kudos to the United Way of Windsor and Essex County for pulling off a record-setting iClimb event at the WFCU Centre that raised more than $55,000 for local mental health programs.

More than 2,400 people took part in the ninth annual event, including Eugenio Mendoza, who recognized in High School he had issues with alcohol and reached out for help to the United Way. He is an extremely bright and articulate young man who understands the difference between being dry and being sober and who shares his story in the hopes he can help others facing similar challenges.

Every dollar donated to the United Way remains in Windsor and Essex County and I was happy to do my part. I’m not sure I would have been able to climb all those stairs if I wasn’t more than 40 days into my run streak, but I am, and they weren’t so bad. 🙂 In fact, I went straight from the WFCU Centre to Malden Park for my weekly hill workout!

Here’s United Way CEO Lorraine Goddard talking about the event and its goal of eliminating the stigma around mental illness.