A group called Rise Above is holding a movie night tonight for kids in preparation of the upcoming school year. Students will be given packs of goodies during the film, which will be provided by the Sutton Group of Lethbridge. The organization is hoping to raise awareness for mental health support in the community.
The group was started by Phoenix, and she says the organization is full of volunteers that are ready to go here in Lethbridge.
The movie is called Soul, and Phoenix adds, “We’re doing that to create a space just before school starts to build some family moments, memories, and that connection we all need. We create these types of events with families to support the family dynamic and that time together.”
Phoenix says no matter what the group does in the community, whether it be a giveback, fundraiser, or an event, it’s always a collaboration within the community.
On September 18, the group will host Phoenix’s Birthday Bash fundraiser to raise awareness on mental health, and to help out the Chinook Sexual Assault Centre. “They’re creating children’s advocacy therapy rooms, as well as their peer support groups. This is an organization that needs support. In the time that we’re in, with trafficking, abuse and trauma, it’s just the right organization to jump in and show support to,” states Pheonix.
Rise Above also offers Nana’s Pantry, which is a way to bridge the gap when parents are unable to get diapers or lunch snacks.
“Whatever it may be, you’ve utilized your resources within the community, but you’re still finding yourself lacking these items. We want to be that pantry that you can call out for. We will get those items for you, and that’s another way that Rise Above is trying to help with mental health,” says Phoenix.
For more information on Rise Above, you can visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RiseAboveLethbridge