He DID it! Zach raised over $110,000 for Youth Mental Health!

We are so honoured that Zach’s journey continues to inspire.
Our friends at The Chilton Team have pledged to support Zach donations over the next year – up to $25,000! 

On August 13th, 2017, Zach set out on his journey from RVH in Barrie. He had dreamed of running, walking, biking and scootering all the way to Ottawa to raise money for the kids in our community. Zach arrived in Ottawa on Sunday, September 10th, 2017 to a giant crowd of cheering friends. We have many stories to tell you about his journey, including meeting our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. Please be patient as we update the website. Visit Zach’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages to see pictures and stories of him meeting with youth at their schools, attending events all summer long and visiting Parliament Hill.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for our youth in Muskoka. 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness – yet less than one-quarter of them are getting help. Intervention and help during childhood increases the likelihood of success dramatically. Lack of support for mental illness and its tragic consequences, such as suicide, should be one of our biggest concerns TODAY. Let’s get our children the help they NEED.


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2 days ago

Zach Makes Tracks for Youth Mental Health

Trip down memory lane for Day 3 of Zach’s journey for #youthmentalhealth. Please remember, COMMENTS ARE FOREVER.

The good, the bad, and the ugly. We learned on Day 3 that people will make negative comments no matter who you are, or what you’re trying to do. Zach has still NOT seen or read the negative comments on this video and it twists our stomachs to think about the day he finds them. Fortunately, the worst ones were deleted after we sent messages to the commenters. Once they knew Zach’s story, they apologized and deleted. So...

***Dear Zach, what you did was (and still is!) AMAZING! I’m glad we chose to focus on all the good you are doing - your kindness, your generosity, your determination and your grit to make change happen. You have now raised over $116,868 for the NEW Child & Youth Mental Health program at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre! You helped to open a new, and much needed unit for the youth struggling in our community. Over 200 children have been treated in the unit to date - 200 children who didn't have to travel hours away from their family because care was closer to home. ALWAYS REMEMBER, when people are negative, it's a reflection of THEM, NOT you. They may be in a situation that is making their life hard, they may have had a dream they couldn't make come true - whatever it is, just remember that their pain and comments are not your's to own and carry around. There are so many brilliant and supportive comments scattered all over this page for you. Always choose to focus on the positive and be the person who lifts others UP!

We are SOOOOOO proud of you! Love, Mom, Derek Clark, your entire family and your community ❤️***

A giant thank you again to Global News and Global Toronto for sharing Zach's journey.

Please only post supportive comments!

Global Toronto
12-year-old Zach is running from Barrie to Ottawa from Aug. 13 - Sept. 10 as part of "Zach Makes Tracks" to raise awareness and funds for youth mental health.
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What a great community! Zach has now raised over…

Thank you to everyone who has donated!