Swim Club pays up for suicide prevention
The Canby Swim Club once again held its plant sale as a fundraiser, but this year opted to share the earnings with another worthy organization.
On Monday, July 1, club members gathered to present a check for $841 to Canby Schools Superintendent Trip Goodall and Canby Center Director Ray Keen for the Suicide Prevention Task Force.
"We are grateful for all of the hard work these students, parents, coaches and volunteers put into the plant sale," Goodall said. "It once again reminds us how much our students and families support and give back to our community."
The plant sale, held June 1 at the property of Bill and Marie Hayhurst, was the third annual for the club. It pulled in more than $8,000 this year primarily to help keep costs down for swim team members.
"If we didn't have these fundraisers, it'd be financially prohibitive for a lot of families," said Bill, who is a swim club board member, team parent and meet official.
With the swim club's successful fundraising as of late, there was enough to go around. It was Marie who had the idea to donate 10 percent to the SPTF.
"She saw the signs around town, and the tragedy…hit home now that we've got teenagers," Bill said, "and we wanted to do something to give back to the community.
Indeed, the three teen suicides that occurred in Canby in 2018 have hit home with many, prompting the development of the task force in 2018. The task force has worked to spread awareness about risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide and also to spread positive messages through signs around town that bare messages such as, "You matter" and "You are not alone."
Thanks to the swim club and its plant donors, the task force now has a few more dollars in its coffers to continue the work.
The donors that made the sale possible are: Al's Garden Center, Amethyst Hill Nursery, Armitage Wholesale Nursery, Beck Botanicals, Bountiful Farms, Brooks Tree Farm, Cider Babies, Champoeg Nursery, Garden World, Highland Heather, Haworth Nursery, Hydrangeas Plus, Jamboree Gardens, Kraemers' Nursery, Kropf Nursery, Little Prince of Oregon, Margie's Farm and Garden, Moana Nursery, Patterson Nursery Sales, Portland Nursery, Russell's Nursery and Verna Jean Nursery.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.