CASA families cheered on the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on March 28, while CASA volunteers and staff sold 50/50 tickets during a Hockey Talks game to raise awareness and funds for kids’ mental health.
“CASA is so grateful for support from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and the hockey fans of Alberta,” said CASA chief executive officer Bonnie Blakley. “The funds from the Hockey Talks Game and Colby Cave Memorial Fund 50/50 tickets help CASA to level up its services to reach even more kids that need mental health treatment and provide additional support to help their caregivers and families thrive.”
“It has been a heartwarming experience for me to team up with CASA in Colby’s honour,” said Emily Cave, wife of Colby Cave and mental health advocate. “Mental health was always an important cause for us to support and I know Colb would be proud of the work that CASA is doing to provide mental health services for children and their families.”
Hockey Talks – an initiative from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation – raises mental health awareness through a variety of outlets, including in-arena messaging, online storytelling, and sharing information and experiences at Hockey Talks game nights. Fans are encouraged to join the conversation by sharing personal experiences or messages of support via social media with the hashtag #HockeyTalks.
A portion of the Colby Cave Memorial fund goes to support wrap-around initiatives such as backpacks, field trips, toys and extras for kids in CASA’s PreK, Children’s Day Program, Adolescent Day Program and CASA House.
You can learn more about Hockey Talks and the Colby Cave Memorial Fund at https://www.nhl.com/oilers/community/colby-cave-memorial-fund.