Donation drive raises thousands for mental health

A Flin Flon man has raised thousands of dollars to help people with schizophrenia.

Ray Berg’s efforts throughout this summer have raised a substantial amount of money for the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society’s (MSS) Journey of Hope. The Journey of Hope is the MSS’ largest annual fundraiser.

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Berg, one of the MSS’ most consistent fundraisers in recent years, has raised $4,577 through this year’s donation drive, along with $400 in cheques made out to his campaign.

Last year, Berg raised around $6,500 through his drive, including about $700 in online donations.

Berg has organized fundraising campaigns for schizophrenia in Flin Flon for each of the past five summers. He said more donors have contributed to the campaign this year than in past years, pointing out that he has directed people to donate to the campaign online, where donation information is harder to track.

This summer, Berg has been at the North of 53 Consumers’ Co-op with a table set-up for donations two to three days a week. Berg even printed out business cards with donation information and gave them out to the public. He estimates he has given away almost 2,000 cards since the campaign began.

In the past, Berg used index cards with information written on them to help provide information on the campaign and donations.

“Sometimes, with the business cards, I’d hand out three or four to each person,” he said.

“I still have a few of them left.”

Donations to the Journey of Hope and the MSS can be made at mss.mb.ca/donate. The Journey of Hope ends for the year Sept. 21.

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