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Families participating in Darcy’s Nature walk in 2011.
 
The fifth annual ‘Darcy’s Nature Walk’ is ready to happen on June 9 this year at Fireman’s Park in Bellevue, and excitement is already developing for the event.
The 5km nature walk is open to anyone of any age and will happen rain or shine. Depending on the weather, the walk will either follow a 5km trail walk if sunny or a 5 km sidewalk if rainy.
Randi Rinaldi, Darcy’s husband and organizer for the event, said that the event is a great way to get out, get some fresh air and have fun with friends and family.
“We raise money for a good cause, and have a great time while we do it,” Rinaldi said.
The event was started the summer after Darcy took her own life, after a fight with depression. The walk’s goal is to raise awareness, and to open the communication lines about mental illness. It is a way to get people out and more active, therefore increasing their mental wellness.
In the first two years of the Darcy Nature Walk, the Rinaldi family raised $30, 000 toward local mental health projects. The success of the event has only grown since then.
“It started with just family and friends,” Rinaldi said.
 

It eventually grew bigger, and more people participated. This year we are expecting around 200 people.”
Registration for the event starts at 9 a.m., June 9, and the walk will start at 10. The event is free, but donations to the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation are accepted.
Draws and prizes will be given out at the Darcy Nature walk, due to the donations of local people of the Crowsnest Pass.
“Come out and enjoy yourself,” Rinaldi said. “Meet new people and have a hotdog.”
Already, the Rinaldi family has established a comfort room at the local hospital, set up a $1000 post-secondary scholarship fund for Crowsnest Consolidated High School graduates and purchased assets for Blairmore mental health.
Future projects include: establishing a partnership with Chinook Primary Care Network and multiple providers of the Crowsnest Pass such as RCMP, nurses, doctors and teachers, and building upon existing resources available in the community and ensuring every measure is taken to guarantee the endorsement of therapy/program opportunities.
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