The sound of the horns marked the end of a period at the Milton Orthotics and Wellness Centre’s annual Game On Street Hockey Tournament. June 22, 2019 marked the seventh edition of the event, which, raised $30,000 for the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK).
Kids from 6-16 years of age are registered on a single registration basis, and drafted onto teams. “We believe in our hearts that they’re the right cause to support,” he added. Adults age 16 and up have their fun as well, and were able to register as a group. Participants got a barbecue lunch.
Surveys have begun to show a correlation between mental health, and physical wellbeing. “To help the mental health, get out
there and do something,” Posteraro said. The unique part of the tournament is that the teams are organized on the morning before the tournament began. Participants made friends through the experience. Many had “a whole lot of fun.”
The ROCK has been designated a lead mental health agency for kids’ mental health in Halton by the province of Ontario. They provide services including drop-in counselling appointments, and a “Families for Families program. It’s a program organized by families, for families. “What we found out when we first started was they wanted a place to come to feel safe,” Ron Taylor said. Families meet for a social event three times a month. “Effectively the night is a safe place for parents to come and hang out, Taylor said. “When you help these kids when they are young enough they become rock solid parents,” Posteraro said
“Groups like Families for Families, Youth Aiding Youth, and the other programs at the Reach Out Centre for Kids are meant to help the families navigate,” Taylor added. Other programs offered by the ROCK include drop-in counselling appointments for both kids, and families. They operate services at 11 locations throughout Halton including three office locations. For more information visit the website: www.rockonline.ca