A boogie for the brain.

Provincial Royal Purple charity partnership committee chair Sandi Lougheed speaks as Glenda James of the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association James looks on during the 2017 Brain Love launch. Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald

Prince Albert is about to get moving to support people with brain injuries.

The 15th annual Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association (SBIA) Brain Boogie is coming on September 9. The walk/run raises money that will be used to provide supports and services for local brain injury survivors.

According to the SBIA, brain injury is the number one cause of disability and death for people under 44.

“That’s a pretty broad sweep of the population,” said SBIA executive director Glenda James. “It can happen to anyone at anytime, anywhere.”

Brain injuries have befallen some local residents. Both Hailey Harms and Evan Wall are from Shellbrook. They even attended the same high school. Now, they’re outspoken advocates for SBIA.

The Brain Boogie will help people like them, and others in the area, who deal with brain injuries every day.

‘This is the way we raise funds to provide programming to people in different communities around Saskatchewan,” James said.

“The money always stays in Saskatchewan. When money is raised in P.A., it’s used for programs P.A. people participate in.”

This year, the walk is kicking off at the Elks Hall. The Royal Purple Association is a major supporter of the SBIA, and the Brain Boogie is no exception.

“The Royal Purple Association is absolutely critical to us,” James said.

“The relationship has continued to benefit us. They provide us with volunteers, they work with us on serving food, they work with us on the silent auction – they’ve been absolutely invaluable.”

So far, only one team and four individuals have signed up for the 15th annual Brain Boogie, though 10 donations have been made. There is still a lot of time to sign up online for the Sept. 9 event. A link to the run can be found at www.sbia.ca.

Registration the day of starts at 10 a.m., and the walk/run starts at 10:30 at 93 Eighth Avenue East. There will be a barbecue following the walk/run, and prizes and activities for kids.

For more on this story, please see the August 23 print or e-edition of the Daily Herald