Angie Green-Hill is continuing her mission to raise money for mental health services at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital (OSMH).
Green-Hill's sixth annual Facebook auction gets underway on May 14 at 2 p.m. and runs until May 21. at 2 p.m. The event has raised a grand total of $75,000 over the years, and Green-Hill is hoping to raise another $25,000 this year.
“It would be amazing to hit that mark,” she said. “But it’s all about community and I can’t do it without everyone’s help."
Green-Hill started the event as a way to support the mental health services at OSMH; she credits the hospital’s staff for saving her life during a dark period of her life.
“I think there are a lot of people in the community who are suffering right now from being locked down during the past two years,” she said. “I think this event is more important now than ever.”
Green-Hill isn’t sure what to expect this year in terms of community support once bidding officially opens, but she is hopeful there will be plenty of bidders.
Northern Birch Boutique and KC's Upscale Garage Sale have stepped up this year to be the event's main sponsors by donating several items. Green-Hill has also scored six new businesses this year who have offered up items such as gift cards to be auctioned off.
“We have a lot of items for men this year,” Green-Hill said. “We hope to have lots of engagement from men.”
If Green-Hill’s auction surpasses a total of $100,000 in funds raised this year, she may retire the auction from going forward.
“It’s a lot of work for my whole family,” she said. “I would hate to stop it because you can never give too much to mental health.”
Last year, Green-Hill dedicated the auction to her brother-in-law, Trevor Gill, who took his own life in January 2021. This year, Green-Hill dedicates the event to everybody who dealt with or is dealing with hardships caused by the pandemic.
Hunter Markle, a community engagement officer with OSMH Foundation, says the hospital is amazed by Green-Hill’s efforts.
“Angie wants this to be more than just an auction for mental health,” Markle explained. “She wants it to be a space for people who have faced mental health personally or have family members who have gone through it.”
Markle says the auction’s impact is felt way beyond monetary donations.
“Angie gives voices to other people who might not be able to talk about such a hard subject,” she said. “The auction helps provide better care and elevates voices in our community.”
For more information about the auction, click here.