An art installation at Blue Mountain for three days represents the official launch of a new campaign to raise money for mental health support in local communities.
On the lawn beside the Mill Pond stands 1,500 metal maple leafs all on thin posts with a green Canadian flag at half-mast.
They are part of the Maple (Re)Leaf campaign created by Solutions with Impact and are the start of a nationwide tour for the installation.
The idea is for people to donate $30 to the campaign for a metal leaf sculpture to be “planted” in their name, or $100 to receive their own sculpture. Money donated will be used to support mental health programs in the community.
At Blue Mountain, the charities participating in the launch included Blue Mountain Village Foundation, Elephant Thoughts, and Home Horizon.
Mayors Brian Saunderson (Collingwood) and Alar Soever (The Blue Mountains) were at Blue Mountain today for the launch, along with Andrew Seigward, president of Blue Mountain Village Foundation, Abby Stec from Elephant Thoughts, and Deb Piggott from Home Horizon.
The sculptures were manufactured in Canada and the design was created by artist Charles Pachter.
You can find out more about the campaign and make a donation online at maplereleaf.ca.