Earlier this month, the launch of the Zach Makes Tracks campaign took place at Codrington Public School in Barrie, starring 12-year-old Zach Hofer. Zach is fundraising for and raising awareness of youth mental health by running, walking and biking from Barrie to Parliament Hill this August. All proceeds from the campaign will go to the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation and their Child and Youth Mental Health Program.
On hand to help kick off the event were Steve Blake, Director of Education, Simcoe County District School Board, Dave McCullough, Chair, RVH Foundation and City of Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman. The Zach Makes Tracks campaign has gained momentum throughout the community with several media outlets and local businesses supporting as sponsors.
Zach’s goal of raising $10,000 for youth mental health has already been surpassed, which has inspired many in the Barrie community.
“Zach is an inspiration to the students and staff at Codrington,” says Peter McLean, principal, Codrington Public School. “As a community we are proud of what Zach has accomplished so far, and with his determination to continue to work towards achieving his goal. Our staff and students wish Zach the very best.”
After remarks and words of encouragement were shared, the students, staff and guests all participated in a stretch (with Zach’s trainer) and headed out in the rain for a group photo. They even went out for a ceremonial lap to officially launch the campaign. Zach joined the group and then gave students high fives as they trickled in. Now that is what you call school spirit!