The Chief Sepass Theatre in Fort Langley is bringing together some of the best comedians for a night of ‘LOLing’ in support of suicide prevention, education and counselling.
LOL for Life 2 will take place on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m.
Created by Chief Sepass Theatre manager Kevin Statham, as a response to the passing of Robin Williams in 2014, this year’s LOL For Life 2 event will feature some of Vancouver’s finest comedians including Patrick Maliha, Erica Sigurdson, Ivan Decker, Larke Miller and Jamie Hutchinson.
“Last year’s event was quite successful and raised some much needed funds for SPEAC,” says Statham.
“I think it is a fitting tribute to the legacy of Robin Williams. Even though it is a relatively small event, LOL For Life does what it can to support the youth of Langley, Surrey and White Rock. As they say, It takes a village…”
The Suicide Prevention Education and Counselling (SPEAC) program is a program of Options Community Services — a multi-service non-profit organization based in Surrey, which serves Surrey, White Rock, and Langley children and youth.
The SPEAC program provides suicide risk assessment, urgent-response and short-term counselling for children and youth.
“We are very thankful to be involved in this event,” said senior program manager, Nancy Orlikow.
“It helps to promote and spread awareness of the significant need for more resources for our children and youth in our communities who are affected by or are at risk for suicide.
“It is very important that people understand the scope of the need, but also that prevention of suicide is entirely possible and that programs like ours save lives.”
Through generous charitable contributions, SPEAC has dedicated specialized therapists who continue to advance their knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of suicidology, through additional training/education that would otherwise not be possible to provide through regular program funding.
For more information, visit www.options.bc.ca.