Walking to battle addiction

Sidney event May 5 held to aid regional addictions support groups

Participants in last year’s Look Beyond Addiction awareness walk. This year’s walk takes place May 5 and begins at the Mary Winspear Centre.

Once again this May, Christine Barnhart will hit the streets of Sidney to spread awareness about addiction.

Barnhart, who founded the organization Look Beyond Addiction, is hoping to make a difference in the lives of others though the annual walk that takes place on the Saanich Peninsula.

Each year, the walk raises money that Barnhart then donates to charitable organizations like the Kool Aid Society. This year’s walk will raise money for Foundation House, part of the Vancouver Island Addiction Recovery Society.

“The walk is really designed to unite all different types of support groups,” Barnhardt said, adding that the energy at the walks is always positive.

“People always leave after the walk with a really good feeling.”

Barnhardt began her journey into helping those with addictions after losing her first husband to a cocaine overdose in 2007.

Years later, she would lose her second husband to alcohol poisoning.

“My vision is to use this walk to make a difference for those who suffer from addiction,” she said.

The walk will take place Sunday, May 5 and will start at the Mary Winspear Centre. Registration starts at 11 a.m. and the walk will begin at noon. For more information, visit www.lookbeyondaddiction.com.




Just Posted

Celebration of Life hosted for 29 Victoria trees set to be removed

Community Trees Matter Network hosting “goodbye and thank you” for trees on Fort Street

Head of Greater Victoria builders warns of changing construction climate

VRBA director Casey Edge also questions Saanich’s commitment towards housing affordability

Saanich police are looking for a man who exposed himself Saturday night

The incident exposure happened at the intersection of Feltham Road and Shelbourne Street

Saanich councillor raises the possibility of charging for plugging in electric vehicles

Coun. Colin Plant said funds raised could help build EV infrastructure

Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit returns to Royal BC Museum

Exhibit will feature award-winning photographers from around the world

Keep focus on helping Canadians at home, Trudeau tells MPs at start of meeting

Trudeau said the Liberals will offer Canadians hope amid issue like climate change and global tensions

Pettersson returns to lead Canucks to 3-2 win over Red Wings

Vancouver’s super rookie has 2 points in first game back after knee injury

POLL: Should people have to license their cats?

The Victoria Natural History Society has sent letters to 13 municipalities in… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Support pours in for Vancouver Island couple whose home was destroyed by massive blaze

GoFundMe page reached $10,000 in one day for soon-to-be parents

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi was facing charges related to alleged sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault and forcible confinement of a woman

2019 Canadian Whisky Awards’ big winners announced

Awards held in conjunction with Victoria Whisky Festival

12 poisoned eagles found in Cowichan Valley

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Most Read