7th Annual DIFD In Ottawa


Dec 16


BELL SENSPLEX, Mattamy Homes Pad, 1565 Maple Grove Rd, Kanata, Ontario


Join us for a fun-filled day of women’s hockey with an emphasis on youth mental health.

Ottawa Lady Senators vs Nepean Wildcats Schedule

 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Alumni Game
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Bantam AA League Game
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Intermediate AA League Game
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Midget AA League Game
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Midget A League Game


Fundraising Activities
1st, 2nd and 3rd Raffle Prizes, 50/50, Silent Auction, and DIFD Merchandise.
Every dollar raised from this event is donated directly to the DIFD Fund at the
Royal Ottawa Hospital (registered charity #11912 9179 RR0001).


Daron’s Story 

In November 2010, 14-year-old Daron Richardson died by suicide. From this tragedy came a movement to transform youth mental health.
Daron’s parents Luke and Stephanie Richardson decided to transform their very private pain into a public call-to-action and made a decision to support young people who struggle with mental illness. Supported by the energy and efforts of dozens of Daron’s close friends and classmates, a grassroots movement was formed with the mission of creating awareness, inspiring conversations, and transforming youth mental health.

Do It For Daron (DIFD) supports education, awareness, and research initiatives at The Royal that encourage young people to talk openly about mental illness and to ask for help when needed.
The purple DIFD heart, a creation inspired by Daron’s favourite colour, has become the youth-driven symbol of this movement.


The Facts

  • 1 in 3 Canadians will experience mental health issues in their lifetime.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between ages 15 and 24.
  • Over 200 youth take their own lives in Canada every year.

DIFD created a dialogue that was missing in the community, one that is bringing hope and inspiration to thousands of youth. The movement has also raised thousands of dollars that are going to support youth mental health research and education led by The Royal.

Click here for more information on DIFD.

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