Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund

Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund

May 17, 2010 10:14 ET

Annual 5km Walk the Walk/Run Takes Strides Toward Stopping Teen on Teen Violence

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) - The 2nd Annual Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund 5km Walk the Walk/Run takes place Saturday, June 5th at Coronation Park in Oakville.

"Our goal is to encourage at-risk teens to walk the walk and take the initiative to find the path to a better life," said Jay Hildebrand, whose son Drew was killed tragically in 2008, a victim of teen on teen violence. A fund was set up in Drew's name in early 2009; the aforementioned Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund. 

After two successful 2009 fundraising events, the charity will award its first Drew Hildebrand "It Takes Courage to Change" scholarships to 6 very deserving turnaround teens from 6 different Peel and Halton schools, so they can pursue the post secondary education of their choice in September 2010. "The turnaround stories these teens submitted were heartfelt and showed incredible courage as they each overcame difficult hurdles and adversity. The teens mentioned how motivating they found it to know that an organization like the Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund was available to them and supporting their quest for a better future," said Hildebrand.

"We want to celebrate and support turnaround teens in our communities." said Crystal Simmons, Drew's Mom. "The steps we take together can help encourage some at-risk teens to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk and turn their backs on risky behaviour."

There has been an increase of over 30% in youth/teen violence in Canada since 1991, much of it due to a rise in assaults, according to information from Canadian police forces. Therefore, the work of this charity becomes even more timely and necessary.

Registration for the day-long 5km Walk the Walk/Run begins at 10 am while the run and walk begin at 11:50 am and noon respectively. A barbeque lunch and a live graffiti demonstration featuring urban artists Jessey Pacho and Kedre Browne will start at 1 pm, while the 5km Run awards will be handed out at 1:30 pm. The free live Concert will sound at 2 pm, featuring the talents of MC-Tabby Johnston, Foxes in Fiction, Harshmellows, BF Soul, Wrench and Jordon John and Prakash John. The scholarships and fundraising awards will be handed out during the music performances. There will also be a tribute area to Drew and other teen violence victims, and a community outreach area. The live music will end by 5:30 pm, bringing an end to this exciting day.

All proceeds from this 5km Walk the Walk/Run will go toward this charity's work. 

About the Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund

The mission of the Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund is to support teens who are navigating the many pressures and dangers of violence, drugs, alcohol, among others. Through scholarship and support programs, and by raising awareness and concern among teens and within our communities, more teens will have a safer and better journey to adulthood. For more information www.drewhildebrandtbf.com.

Charitable Registration Number 852039866RR0001

Contact Information

  • Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund
    Jay Hildebrand, Crystal Simmons, Kim Evershed