Nfld. & Labrador

Dollar a Day foundation teams up with St. John's firefighters

The A Dollar a Day foundation, co-founded by Alan Doyle, is partnering with first responders and has announced some new beneficiaries.

Central Fire Station commits to donating to charity co-founded by Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle

Alan Doyle performs at the A Dollar a Day announcement Monday. (Mark Cumby/CBC)

An N.L. charity co-founded by Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle has new partnerships — and new beneficiaries.

A Dollar a Day on Monday announced the St. John's Regional Fire Department and a local firefighters' union have signed on with the foundation — co-founded by Doyle, Brendan Paddick, and Andrew Furey — which encourages daily $1 donations in support of mental health and addictions initiatives.

The Central Fire Station, where Monday's announcement was held, committed to donating $365 to the charity, representing a dollar donation for every day of the year.

St. John's Regional Fire Deparment Chief Sherry Colford says mental health issues are important to first responders. (Mark Cumby/CBC)

New beneficiaries

The newest additions to the list of organizations supported by the foundation are:

  • Lang's, a health and wellness clinic in Cambridge, Ont.
  • The MHeart program in Woodstock, Ont., which pairs police officers with crisis workers to better handle mental health and emergency calls.
  • Landing Strong in Windsor, N.S., a non-profit assisting people who suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and related injuries.
  • The Canadian Mental Health Association's Talk Today program, which promotes mental health in athletics across the country.

St. John's Regional Fire Department Chief Sherry Colford told the crowd that mental health awareness is of particular value to her and her coworkers.

"As first responders, we see first-hand the devastating impacts of mental health and addictions on the front lines, and are disproportionately impacted ourselves." 

Doyle performed at the event, and sang Christmas songs with children in attendance. 

"To all the people working in mental health organizations across the country, thank you for doing what you do. You are truly the biggest inspiration to me," he said.

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