Not getting into this Holiday Spirit for some reason as I see lights and trees going up everywhere. Maybe its because Amanda’s bday is coming up on November 27th. Maybe its because Christmas was her favourite holiday. Maybe its because its a happy holiday. ….
Vancouver music producer Adam Hurstfield was joyfully celebrating his son’s sixth birthday when some unsettling news came to his attention. The stark, cold reality of a dark underside of Canadian society was uncovered when the harassment and bullying of a 15-year-old girl led to her committing suicide. Her name was Amanda Todd. This news stirred the very depths of his soul and, unable to sleep that night, he knew he had to do something. He contacted those in his musical family including JUNO-nominated singer Elise Estrada. They worked together to write a song for Amanda, a song called “Wonder Woman”.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are illuminating change by lighting Investors Group Field in purple, the colour of mental health awareness, on Monday, October 10th.
The home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will join the list of international landmarks that support World Mental Health Day (#WMHD) and the Amanda Todd Legacy Project by “Lighting Up Purple.”
“We are proud to shine a light on the extremely important issues surrounding mental health in our community,” said Wade Miller, President & CEO of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. “It is our hope that this sparks and continues conversations about mental health and bullying.”
This is the second year the Bombers have participated in the project, and the fourth year of the Amanda Todd Legacy project. Light Up Purple builds on the theme of inclusivity and respectful relationships that the Bombers support through their Bombers Tackle Bullying program, presented by DMS Industrial Constructors Inc. and the Samantha Mason Foundation, which reached more than 2,500 youth in the 2015-16 off-season.
October 10, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Videoboards and Ribbon boards lit up in purple
For more information on Bombers Tackle Bullying, Light Up Purple, or a list of Manitoba mental health resources, visit bluebombers.com/bombers-tackle-bullying.