The Fourth annual Helping the Helpers fundraising pub night is set for Friday at Piper’s Pub,
from 6 to 10 p.m.
Providing the music this year is Leeboy, featuring Dennis Hull and Jason Burke.
Donations are appreciated and all the proceeds with go towards this year’s Helping the Helpers event, set for October 27. There will also be a 50/50 draw. Organizers set up Helping the Helpers as a way to spread awareness and education for post-traumatic Stress disorder.
Paramedic John Garth MacDonald described Helping the Helpers as an education day that was first organized in 2014.
Helping the Helpers day includes speakers from across the country, including firefighters, RNs, paramedics and correctional officers with lived experience as well as clinicians and other medical professionals.
This is main fundraiser for the event, with other events including the Antigonish Bike Rally and the Helping the Helpers ball tournament.
Social Worker Matthew Beson called the pub night a good time with good food and good music, noting the more people who come out, the more they will be able to continue hosting Helping the Helpers day.
First responder John Pellerin agreed, saying it’s a fun night while also allowing for organizers to get their message across.
The fourth annual “Helping the Helpers” Awareness and Education Day for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is this weekend. It will once again be hosted at St. FX University in the Schwartz auditorium. The event is a sell-out, with all 300 seats taken; there is a waiting list should there be any last minute cancellations.
One of the organizers of the event, John Garth MacDonald says it will be a full day of education and awareness on PTSD that affects front-line professionals, friends and peers.
Registration begins at 7:45 Saturday morning and sessions begin at 8:30.
MacDonald would like to thank the community and sponsors for their support. As a follow up to the conference there will be the first annual Inspector Tony Perry Memorial hockey game on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Antigonish arena featuring the RCMP and First Responders
It’s a chance to take your motorcycle for a ride for a good cause. On Saturday, there’s the Antigonish Motorcycle Road Rally in Support of PTSD. Money raised from the road rally will defray some of the costs for the Helping the Helpers Awareness and Education Day for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at St. FX University on October 28th.
One of the organizers of the event, Doug Holmes, says registration will be Saturday morning from 8:30 to 10 at the Antigonish County Firehall.
Registration is 40 dollars. Members of the public can also drop by to donate to the rally. Rain date for the event is Sunday
Last year was the first rally, attracting 50 bikes.