London man attempts to swim Lake Ontario in support of St. Joseph’s Regional Mental Health Care

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Aug. 25, 2011

Greg Willoughby, a London Ontario immigration lawyer and avid swimmer, will attempt to swim across Lake Ontario in support of St. Joseph’s Regional Mental Health Care; if he completes the swim he will be the first Londoner and the 55th person to do so.

Willoughby’s goal is to raise $25,000 for St. Joseph’s Regional Mental Health Care; the money raised will be directed toward new videoconferencing equipment. This new technology will support case conferences between inpatient units, improve the integration of care ensuring goals of an admission are clearly understood, planning and care are cohesive and progress reports shared.

Asked why he is taking on such a monumental task Willoughby says that, “There is a lack of public discourse when it comes to mental illness, and events like this get people talking. Mental illness should be respected and responded to like any other health problem."

Event details:

What: Medpoint Swim for Mental Health
London lawyer will attempt to swim across Lake Ontario in order to raises funds for videoconferencing equipment at St. Joseph’s Regional Mental Health Care.

When: Aug. 26
Meeting at 5:30 pm, push off at 7 pm
Goal is to complete the swim in 18 hours

Where: Start: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Melville Street
Finish: Marilyn Bell Park near Ontario Place in Toronto. Public parking lot at Ontario Place, just off Lake Shore Boulevard at the south end of Dowling Street

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For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Parraga
Manager, Communications & Donor Relations               
St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation       
519 646-6085, ext. 64590
jennifer.parraga@sjhc.london.on.ca

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