Graham runs to raise over $200,000
By Adam FreillConstruction Health & Safety Leadership
Graham president and CEO, Andy Trewick, is running 5 km a day in 5 Graham cities for 5 days to raise funds for mental health.
Over the past two months, Andy Trewick, president and CEO of Graham, has been training to run a challenging five kilometres per day, for five days, across five Graham locations to raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in the United States.
Trewick is currently in the midst of this 5/5/5 Moving for Mental Health run, an initiative born out of his commitment to building awareness about the positive impact physical activity can have on mental health. Setting out with an initial fundraising goal of $100,000, he hit that number and just kept running, doubling the target to raise $200,000, monies which will be used to provide mental health resources for youth and adolescents on both sides of the border.
“I’m not a serious athlete, but I am serious about physical and mental health. We’re all on our own mental health journey. At Graham, we’re committed to helping our employees build healthy and happy lives. The mental health and psychological safety of our workforce, partners and community is a critical focus area across our company. We believe an investment in wellness is essential to ensuring our employees’ best performance and their overall wellbeing,” explained Trewick. “If living through a pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that mental health matters and affects everyone no matter who they are.”
In addition to the outpouring of donations received so far, five Graham corporate partners, Borden Ladner Gervais, headversity, RBC, Travelers Bond and Zedcor Security Solutions generously donated sponsorship money to offset expenses to ensure 100 per cent of the donations go directly to the charities.
“CMHA National is inspired and thrilled by Graham and this initiative,” said Margaret Eaton, national CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association. “This generous contribution will aid in providing mental health care and support for youth, their families and communities across Canada. Our huge thanks and admiration to all who participated in the run and donated.”
“NAMI Colorado is grateful that Graham reached out to its U.S. cities where it has operations,” stated Ray Merenstein, executive director of NAMI Colorado. “Partnerships and innovative ideas like this, along with generous donors, will provide ongoing, free, mental health support for thousands of Coloradans.”
Graham is an employee-owned construction solutions partner with 2,200 employees, revenues exceeding $4 billion annually and offices throughout North America.
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