PEORIA, Ill., — Gone Axe Throwing, a local business in the Warehouse District of Peoria, hosted an event for the community to engage in a unique sport while supporting mental health awareness.
“My mom actually made plans with a friend, and she called me and said hey do you want to throw an axe, so I got in my car and here we are,” Brionna Johnson of Washington said.
Like a night out for bowling or golf, friends came out to throw an axe at a bullseye.
For some this activity is new.
“They’re like man I didn’t know what to expect, but man that was fun is usually the feedback we get from it,” Gone Axe Throwing operating manager Sara Fickes said.
The local business will be donating 10% of proceeds they make up until June 15 to the Beau Grant Foundation.
“With community support with things like this, the people with mental diseases will start to feel more acknowledged and feel more of that love and understanding,” Johnson said.
“Sometimes mental health is a little harder to see, and we find importance in that and would like to share that with the community,” Fickes said.
The founder of the Beau Grant foundation lost her husband to suicide and wants to provide education and awareness for survivors and or those who have lost loved ones.
“Mental health is something that can affect anybody, the people I work with, the people you see every day so it’s important that we are aware of it that we talk about it and find ways to talk about,” Axe master Jessica Becker said.
“I think [it is] a really great thing for the company to do and it’s something that a lot of other companies should do because mental health awareness is something that should be brought up more,” Johnson said.
If you are interested in giving axe throwing a try while supporting mental health, the fundraiser continues Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.