First Responder Bake Sale on this weekend

Organizers seek to raise awareness on PTSD with homemade eats

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

2.FirstResponderBakeSaleA team of staff from the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre are raising awareness with baked goods to remind local first responders they are not alone.

On July 25, the public is welcome to join staff and volunteers in the hospital lobby from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help raise funding for the Tema Conter Memorial Trust (TEMA) during the First Responder Bake Sale.

Event organizer and registered nurse Jennifer Knuth explains how the bake sale will allow residents and first responders the opportunity to educate themselves with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and share their experiences in a non-judgemental way.

“We must all recognize our duty to educate ourselves and others on PTSD,” said Knuth. “Fort McMurray has been amazing with fundraising in the past, and all members of the public who I speak to about this want to know more about PTSD and the effects it has had on our first responders. Above all else, I hope that this bake sale brings awareness to PTSD and allows others to know that they are not alone.”

Proceeds for the fundraiser will be donated to TEMA, a trauma prevention and peer support program for first responders.

“This will help those who deal with PTSD from our wildfire by providing free psychological First Aid courses, resources, funding, education, and support in their time of need,” she explained.

Donations from the raffle and 50/50 draw will go to the Northern Lights Health Foundation to help fund equipment first responders may find themselves using in the future. Three gift baskets worth $500 each will also be up for grabs.

– Connect Weekly –