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Posted: May 18, 2022

Spring Training For The Fondo still giving to Youth Foundry

Spring Training For The Fondo masterpiece, by acclaimed artist Joesph Cross, continues to provide funding for the East Kootenay Foundation for Health’s (EKFH) Youth Foundry ‘Not Alone Campaign.’

The original painting raffle won by Greg Ehman, a Golden Rotarian, was donated back to the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club to raise additional funds.

The painting was purchased by Bruce Smith from Alpine Toyota for $5,000 to be donated to The Youth Foundry campaign. The painting will be proudly displayed at Alpine Toyota.

A limited sale of canvas print copies are for sale.  All funds generated from the limited sale will go towards supporting this awesome community initiative to support our youth.

The Spring Training for the Fondo, will be published in The International Artist Magazine #140, Aug/Sept issue. (Part of the International Artist Magazine Challenge #124, Landscapes) This is very high recognition and praise worldwide.

Joseph Cross will be featured in the magazine including: The inspiration for the painting; The design strategy and the working process.

The East Kootenay Foundation for Health’s goal is to raise $1.4 million to support the Foundry East Kootenay, which 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 BC – 1 in 5 – 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!

Foundry East Kootenay centre will be located in Cranbrook, but it will be available to all East Kootenay youth.

The seventh annual Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo registration is now open HERE.

Lead image: L –  R: Mel McFarlane, Brenna Baker, Bruce Smith, Darryl Bishop, Steve Weatherall, Joesph Cross, Sharon Cross, Helen Boone. Photo submitted


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