A new municipal program that provides subsidized counselling to people with emotional problems has received a hand up from employees of the Drumheller Institution.

A cheque for $2,400 was presented at Drumheller Town Hall on Thursday, October 11 in memory of Jeff Hirsch, who lost a long battle with mental illness earlier this year.

"Jeff was an avid runner, loved it, and we thought the Drumheller Half Marathon is coming up; why don't we get a bunch of people in there, raise some awareness towards mental health issues and maybe we could sell a few shirts and raise some money," outlined Bob Nimmo of the penetentiary.
The black and white T-shirts feature the slogan 'Hirsch So Good,' a reference to the former correctional officer. They were the brainchild of fellow guard Danny Strasky, who was surprized with the response.

"Our original goal was to sell 100 shirts, so I was very surprized," he confessed. "I think if we would have pushed it a little harder we could have sold well over 200, but as most fundraisers have a lifespan and people do get tired, we're happy with the result."

So was April Harrison, the Family and Community Support Services officer for the town.

"This goes to support families in our community to be able to receive affordable and accessible counselling right here in our own community," she explained. "We're so thankful that they thought of us and thought of supporting this program."

They will set up a special fund through FCSS. If you're interested in helping or would like to know more, contact April Harrison at Town Hall.

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