A new charity raffle supporting youth mental health in Simcoe County offers a grand prize of two floor seats to the opening night of Taylor Swifts’ The Eras Tour stop in Toronto. Hosted by CFS Counselling + Wellness (CFS), the raffle’s proceeds will fuel its YouthCALL Service Link (YouthCALL) program.
“As the new youth lead for the YouthCALL program, I’m really excited to help launch this raffle that will extend our reach to youth 12-25 across Simcoe County,” said Ayla McCallum, who was hired recently to join the program leadership team. “Affordable tickets to the concert are no longer available, so I call on all Swifties to help spread the word about this a chance to get great seats at a great price?”
The CFS Raffle gives players 17 chances to win a range of Taylor Swift merch and music, with the grand prize consisting of two concert tickets, a $500 Uber gift card, and a $200 Ultimate Dining gift card. Non-Swifties interested in supporting youth mental health may prefer to enter the 50/50 draw that is operating side-by-side the concert raffle.
Both contests launch Oct. 24 and run until Dec. 16 at 3pm. The draws begin thirty minutes later with winners contacted by phone and/or email using the information provided at the time of purchase. Winners have six months to claim their prizes.
Consistent with the rules of play determined by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, lottery ticket purchasers must be at least 18 years of age and reside within the province of Ontario at the time of purchase.
“While the prizes involved in the raffles are fun, the money raised will help address a serious issue facing local youth today,” said CFS executive director Michelle Bergin. “Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-to-29-year-olds globally, and Simcoe County is not immune to the frightened impact of heightened depression, anxiety and behavioural disorders among our young people.”
CFS is the lead agency of a six-agency collaborative that works with youth advisors to allow for a holistic approach to youth wellness. The initiative strives to deliver free, inclusive, and low-barrier programming across Simcoe County. Additional funding would increase capacity and support the expansion of the program into more rural areas in the spirit of equitable access to care.