Get your festive spirit on this holiday season in one fell swoop by listening to a Christmas single that will help support a great cause.
From now until Dec. 25, any funds generated from purchasing or streaming the up and coming country band’s, Nice Horse, new single “O Holy Night,” will go to Can Praxis.
The Can Praxis program uses horses to assist participants to address the ongoing challenges of relationship conflict and crisis brought on by operational stress injuries (OSI), like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
“When we first discovered Can Praxis, we were absolutely stunned by the amazing work they do,” said Nice Horse bassist Brandi Sidoryk, also a member of the Canadian Armed Forces herself.
Can Praxis was approached earlier this year by Nice Horse in an effort to support the equine therapy program and held a fundraising concert in September that raised $5,000.
According to Can Praxis co-founder, Steve Critchley, support like this means a great deal to the program.
“We run a program every month and the thing that’s very important for us is that we have at least one suicidal individual every program and now we’re noticing suicidal spouses. So, support from Nice Horse is quite huge,” said Critchley,
It also helps to raise awareness about equine therapy, adds Critchley,
“It’s creating a greater awareness of OSI throughout the general Canadian population and with that it’s also creating an awareness right across Canada that programs are available for veterans and first responders injured with an OSI,” commented Critchley.
Funds raised for Can Praxis go towards providing the program at no-cost to participants. This means that the program takes care of flights, hotels, meals, vehicle rental and in hardship situations child care.
“What’s important is that people are starting to understand the value of our programs and the need to be able to provide them at no-cost to our participants,” added Critchley.
Can Praxis is starting to gain attention not just nationally but on an international scale as well, garnering interest from the United Kingdom, the United States and New Zealand.
Can Praxis was also chosen as the recipient of funds raised from a Christmas concert by entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den personality Brett Wilson and Can Praxis is one of the programs chosen to be a part of Veterans Affairs Canada’s national equine therapy study.
“We’re going from being seen as a fringe program to a required program. So, that’s one of the reasons these supports, such as Nice Horse, are so important as we continue to move this type of program forward. And more people are reaching out and realizing that if they want to overcome an OSI they have to attend the Can Praxis program,” said Critchley.