Ottawa Geek Market supports mental health initiatives

_MG_5691

This past weekend saw the return of the Ottawa Geek Market, a local event that harnesses geek power in support of a different charity at each event. Visitors braved the snowfall to attend the two-day shopping experience featured more than 40 exhibitors selling items including comic books, art, clothing, jewelry, books, toys, collectibles, video games, and board games. If you’re into sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, horror, anime, gaming or cosplay, then this is the place to shop.

Since its inception in 2012, the event has proudly raised more than $5,000 for charity and seen over 5,200 patrons, many of whom come in costume. This time around, the event supported The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, which is a mental health treatment center, a research facility, and an advocate for removing the stigma present around mental illness. “Each event we’ve held supported a different charity and had a different theme. It just made sense to us to focus on mental health this time around since it affects us all, especially this time of year” said Stacey Young, Co-Founder of the Ottawa Geek Market. “The Geek Market is a celebration of Ottawa’s thriving geeky community, and we’re proud that we can help out such a great cause while also promoting local exhibitors, artisans and fan clubs.” Percentages of each ticket sold, all well as 100% of the proceeds from the event’s silent auction, with included a Zelda Wii U Deluxe Set, will be donated to The Royal, who were promoting their HealthyMinds App at the event.

Ottawa’s tight-knit geeky community appears to embrace the event with open arms, and much of the events success is a result of the incredible talent of the local artists who sell their wares. There was also an abundance of Lego creations on display, as well as figures for sale. All-in-all, the event and its charitable intentions are met with vigor and enthusiasm from the locals, which is good news for all.

Photos by Corey Graham.

Facebook Comments

About author

Genevieve LeBlanc
Genevieve LeBlanc 126 posts

Genevieve LeBlanc is a contributing writer for NerdReactor.com and lives in snowy Canada.