We are excited to share the results of our 2012 campaigns. In our inaugural year, HIKE for Mental Health attracted 26 hikers to seven hikes which, through the support of 110 donor-sponsors, raised a total of $7,734.
In fulfilment of our mission to support scientific research into the causes, treatments, and cures of mental illness, we designated the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation as our primary beneficiary in 2012 and directed 80% of the funds, or $6,187, to that outstanding organization. Their 25 year track record of “alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research” is unsurpassed.
The remaining 20% of the funds, or $1,547, went to the New York – New Jersey Trail Conference to continue their nearly century-long tradition of protecting wilderness hiking trails and educating the public in their responsible use.
All administrative costs of HIKE for Mental Health were covered by grants from its founders.
Thanks to all the hikers, volunteers, sponsors and donors for a tremendously successful 2012.
We are already gearing up now for the 2013 season and have our sights set on doubling the 2012 mark. See you on the trails!