A total of 186 registered runners and walkers participated in the Charity Road Race on Sunday, August 19, raising $32,400.
“This was another great year,” said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of the Health Foundation. “Perfect weather for a run or walk and we raised more money for medical equipment than we did last year.”
“We are very fortunate to have strong sponsorship from a number of businesses for the Road Race, in particular our presenting sponsor, Legacy Co-op and Canadian Tire, as they cover the cost of the Learn to Run Clinics and the breakfast provided on race day. As sponsorship covers costs all the registration fees and the pledges collected by the runners can be used to help purchase medical equipment.”
The top three fundraisers were: Geoff Propp, $10,565 (photo at right); Tracy Newton, $2,142; and Lil Morrison, $1,265.
“Harvest Meats very generously pays the registration fees for any employees and their family members who wanted to run or walk, and, there was a great turn out from Harvest Meats with 56 participants. We hope that other businesses will consider doing the same,” continued Mr. Fisher.
The Health Foundation is very pleased with the results of the Charity Road Race. Every year it sets goals for the year, and successfully met those goals this year. They were:
* To provide an opportunity for people to introduce a little fitness into their lives by putting on free running clinics from May to August;
* To hold a fun and well-organized Charity Road Race that everyone from the beginning runner to the competitive runner can participate in; and
* To raise funds for the purchase of medical equipment that will provide an improved or new service to the residents of this region.
This year the funds raised will assist the purchase of a new state of the art digital mammography machine for the breast cancer screening program at the Yorkton Regional Hospital. This equipment will be an upgrade to current equipment and will provide for earlier and more accurate diagnosis of breast cancer.