May 20, 2020
#SickNotWeak Kitchen Party – A Virtual Hug for Central Nova Scotia
(Truro, NS) – Online mental health organization #SickNotWeak announced today they will be hosting an virtual Kitchen Party this Saturday in support of all the folks in Nova Scotia and all they have been dealing with in recent weeks.
The event will be hosted by #SickNotWeak founder and media personality Michael Landsberg and feature a variety of guests including Premier Stephen McNeil, MP Lenore Zann, former Blue Jays GM and now Braves President Alex Anthopoulos, Sportsnet’s Arash Madani, hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser, actor Jonathan Torrens, musicians Charlie A’Court and Robb Nash, comedian Sean Cullen, magician Ian Stewart (who will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for “most beer bottles opened with a chainsaw” because, why not?) and local first responders from Colchester County. More guests will be announced as they are confirmed.
“While 2020 has pretty much sucked for everyone, its been particularly hard on folks in Nova Scotia,” Landsberg said. “The goal of #SickNotWeak is always to offer a different take on mental health – one that’s more real and less clinical. So hosting something for folks who have been through so much already this year was a no-brainer for us.”
Sponsored by the Bible Hill Kinsmen, the event will be free to attend online (hosted on #SickNotWeak’s website, Facebook and Twitter sites) and open to anyone who wants to attend.
“People around here need a great big virtual hug,” said Quinn McCarthy of the Bible Hill Kinsmen. “I’m really excited to see so many great people coming together to help people here in central Nova Scotia get through what has been a really tough year so far.”
“The last thing people need right now is some preachy, clinical mental health discussion,” Landsberg added. “#SickNotWeak doesn’t do that. We’re here to help people feel connected and supported.”
Since the start of 2020, Nova Scotia – and particularly Colchester County – have endured a number of unprecedented tragedies. Like the rest of the world, they are locked down with the covid19 pandemic but they have also had to deal with the Portapique mass shooting, the crash of an RCAF CH-148 Cyclone that claimed two local lives, the crash of an RCAF Snowbird that claimed the life of Capt. Jenn Casey (a Halifax native) as well as other local events. As a tight-knit, largely rural community, not being able to gather to properly grieve these events has been particularly hard. We hope that events like this will help people come together online.
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