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Posted: December 17, 2020

EKFH campaign gets unexpected early Christmas gift

The East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH) kicked off its 2020 Starlite Campaign November 1 in support of Foundry East Kootenay. Thank you to the generous donations of individuals and businesses the campaign has raised over $200,000 towards their $1.4 million goal.

Foundry East Kootenay will be a walk-in health and wellness centre for youth ages 12-24 seeking help, primarily for mental health and substance use. Services such as primary care, counselling, substance use and peer support will be brought together with social services that include employment and education resources under one roof. For youth there will be no waitlists. No having to repeat their story multiple times. They will access help the day they walk through the doors.

  • 300,000 youth in B.C. – one in five – need mental health or substance use services;
  • Of those, as few as 25% receive the care they need;
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in Canada;
  • 75% of mental illness begins before age 25.

The truth is we are losing our youth to suicide and overdose. We need to make help easily accessible to youth and their families and Foundry East Kootenay is the solution!

The East Kootenay Foundation for Health and Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child & Family Services (KKCFSS) are excited to announce a matching donation opportunity.

All donations received today up until January 15 will be doubled up to $100,000!

A very generous donor has stepped up to help the EKFH and KKCFSS reach their goal so we can get the doors open on Foundry East Kootenay sooner! So make a donation today and see that number double!

Information and contributions to the campaign can be made by donating online at, calling 250- 489-6481, or mailing a donation to East Kootenay Foundation for Health, 13 24th Ave N. Cranbrook B.C., V1C 3H9.

East Kootenay Foundation for Health

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