Marnie & Michael’s partnership with the 100 Mile Store will also support Water First, which works to provide access to safe, clean drinking water in Indigenous communities.
Two Simcoe County entrepreneurs have joined forces to raise funds for two causes near and dear to their hearts.
Marnie & Michael, a Penetanguishene studio that produces handcrafted leather bags and accessories, has partnered with sustainable water bottle company the Soggy Puffin and the 100 Mile Store on a cross-charity promotion with the sale of their bag-and-bottle bundle.
Up to 15 per cent of the profits from every bag sold will support Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Simcoe County initiatives, and one dollar from every bottle sold will be donated to Water First, an organization providing sustainable access to safe, clean water in Indigenous communities.
“We have always believed that the way to make a greater impact is in collaborating with like-minded companies to help raise funds or awareness for our mission,” said Jennifer St. John, a mental health advocate and founder of Marnie & Michael.
St. John’s mother, Marnie, suffered from bipolar disorder, and was undiagnosed and untreated for the first 52 years of her life. Sharing her experiences with mental illness and working to reduce the stigma around mental health has been a focus for St. John ever since she opened her store in 2020.