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Inaugural Six-String Fest To Benefit Mental Health For Teens

Seaforth | by Fadi Didi  

Proceeds from inaugutal Seaforth event to benefit Tanner Steffler Foundation.

A music festival in downtown Seaforth will help bring mental health and wellness counselling to secondary school students in Huron County.

The inaugural Six-String Music Fest runs Saturday in the Huron East town, and features Canada's premier Tragically Hip cover band, "Practically Hip."

Event Coordinator Melody Hodgson says proceeds from the festival will benefit the Tanner Steffler Foundation, who first goal is to help students with mental health issues.

Hodgson says the foundation has, so far, succeeded in paying for a counsellor in Clinton's two high schools -- Central Huron Secondary School, and St. Anne's Catholic High School.

Ultimately, the Tanner Steffler Foundation hopes to have a mental health and wellness treatment facility in Huron County.

The Foundation is named after 19 year old Tanner Steffler, who died in 2017 following a drug overdose.

His parents, John and Heather Steffler, began the foundation in the hopes of preventing similar outcomes for youth with mental health issues along Ontario's West Coast.

The Six-String Music Fest runs Saturday, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Seaforth Agriplex.

A day of free family activities runs from noon until 4:00 p.m..

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