By Demian Russian
When actor Charlie Sheen suddenly announced a fundraising walk to raise money for the Calgary, Canada-based Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorders (OBAD) on Friday, the bipolar organization was surprised and didn’t know what to anticipate, but was happy to accept any money raised.
“We didn’t know it was coming, and we have no idea what to expect,” said Kaj Korvela, the organization’s executive director. While Korvela said that he certainly wouild be thrilled to receive any donations raised by the famous actor, he was also quick to point out that there was no formal arrangement between Sheen and his organization. Sheen has been adamant that he isn’t bipolar, but rather “bi-winning.” In an interview with ABC News reporter Andrea Channing last month, Sheen said that his brain is “maybe not from this particular terrestrial realm.”
It’s totally about awareness, and if Charlie Sheen can bring it to the public’s attention then that’s a good thing. We’re not commenting on Charlie Sheen or whatever he’s dealing with, but he’s decided to raise money for our group and we’re OK with that … maybe it’ll bring the issue to the forefront.
– Kaj Korvela, Executive Director of the Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorders (OBAD)
Sheen asked fans and interested parties to meet him at the Toronto Ritz Carlton hotel Friday evening and walk with him approximately 1.2 miles to Toronto’s Massey Hall, where he performed Thursday and Friday night. Sheen announced via his Twitter that that he would be turning over all donations to the OBAD organization and would be matching all donations dollar for dollar.
Stop the Stigma!! Bipolar Awareness Walk!! Please join me at 6pm at the Ritz tonight! Raise Money! Raise Awareness! #BIPOLAR #BIWINNING.
– Charlie Sheen via Twitter
A Sheen representative says that the fundraiser had nothing to do in any way with the recent announcement from actress Catherine Zeta-Jones that she had checked into a mental health facility seeking treatment for her bipolar II disorder.
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