Skate4Life 2012 Passes Through Lloydminster
Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 1:27 PM
A young woman from Ontario is rollerblading across Canada to raise awareness about the mental health of young people. Ashley Gilbank began her journey in Saint John's Newfoundland in June and bladed through Lloydminster on Saturday.
She plays hockey and one day she was watching a hockey game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Ottawa Senators which was also drawing attention to teen suicide. Sens assistant coach Luke Richardson's 14-year-old daughter had taken her own life so the team wanted to speak out about the issue. Later that same night when Gilbank was skating in her own hockey game when she found out one of her friends had taken her own life.
One year later and Gilbank is four fifths of the way across the country. She had set a goal of raising $60,000 for mental health research but it has been an uphill battle with so many other high-profile fundraisers. So far she has managed around $5,500. Donations can be made online at www.skate4life2012.com
"This is the kind of thing you need to do something huge to get the attention and I'm a hockey player so skating is natural to me and I thought 'I can't ice skate across Canada so why not rollerblade?" said Gilbank.
She will be the first woman to rollerblade across Canada when she finishes her journey in Victoria, B.C.
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