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May 6, 2019
A Dollar A Day Foundation Presents Donation to Salvation Army’s Harbour Light Program in Vancouver, B.C.
Vancouver, BC – This year, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health issue or illness. As more people come forward in search of help, the need for programs and services is growing. A Dollar A Day Foundation, launched in February 2018, by musician Alan Doyle, Dr. Andrew Furey and businessman Brendan Paddick, exists to raise funds to close the gap between the availability of frontline mental health and addictions programs and the growing need for them. The Foundation unites members of the public from across Canada and beyond, each giving a dollar a day to Share the Change for Mental Health and Addictions.
Today, Foundation co-founder and Dollar-A-Dayer, Alan Doyle visited the Salvation Army’s Harbour Light program office in Vancouver, BC, to present a donation in support of their addiction treatment program. The Salvation Army Harbour Light has been a place of new beginnings in the downtown Eastside of Vancouver for almost 65 years, and this $15,000.00 donation, made possible by A Dollar A Day Foundation donors, will support their continuing work on the frontlines of the opioid crisis. The Foundation also announced that the Harbour Light program has been chosen to be the recipient of additional funds again this year.
“The opioid crisis is a growing issue right across this country. The team at Harbour Light in Vancouver are leaders in effective treatment, and have significant frontline experience and knowledge that can be shared with other programs right across the country. The work that the Harbour Light program is doing to support adults moving forward from substance use disorder is extraordinary, and provides hope to so many,” says Alan Doyle, Co-Founder and Dollar-A-Dayer, “In making this donation on behalf of all Dollar-A-Dayers, we’re supporting Harbour Light to make real change possible for people just like you and I. If we simply trust that a little contribution can make a big difference we will effect change. I want to thank all Dollar-A-Dayers for believing that,” he added.
“At The Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light, we believe that finances should never be a barrier to recovery from substance use. We are grateful that A Dollar A Day shares our commitment to reducing financial barriers to addiction treatment in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. By giving the gift of recovery, A Dollar A Day’s generous support is truly giving hope today!” said Jim Coggles, Executive Director of the Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light.
A Dollar A Day funds proven programs that are addressing the challenges that people are facing today. The Foundation looks for innovation, measurable results and the ability to replicate success in other areas of the country, with a goal to fund programs in every region of Canada. Individuals can sign up to give their dollar a day either monthly, quarterly or annually, based on their personal circumstances and preference, all in support of mental health and addictions services in Canada.
“While there is definitely opportunity to make a difference in our own respective ways, we believe that together, we can lead a movement for change amongst all Canadians for improved access to mental health and addictions care,” said Doyle, “When everyone has equal opportunity to take ownership of a universal issue - corporate dollars, public dollars - together as a united voice for change, we can achieve so much more and have far greater impact in our collective communities - and that benefits everyone.”
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About A Dollar A Day Foundation
A Dollar A Day Foundation was established in 2018 to raise funds to close the gap between the availability of mental health and addictions programs and the growing need for them. Founded by Alan Doyle, Dr. Andrew Furey and Brendan Paddick, A Dollar A Day Foundation is a simple, affordable and empowering way to support frontline mental health and addictions programs. Everyone gives a little - A Dollar A Day.
For more information about A Dollar A Day Foundation, or to become a Dollar-A-Dayer, please visit www.adollaraday.ca. You can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @adollaradayfdn
About Mental Health Commission of Canada’s HEADSTRONG program
The Salvation Army Harbour Light has been a place of new beginnings in the downtown Eastside of Vancouver for almost 65 years. On the front lines of the opioid crisis, the Harbour Light program’s addiction services continue to offer compassionate support for adults moving forward from substance use disorder. Harbour Light’s residential addiction treatment program offers a structured, progressive program that creates the recovery capital necessary to build a solid foundation for long-term sobriety and recovery.
To learn more, visit https://vancouverharbourlightsa.ca/