495km (300+miles) “Run for their Lives”

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COMPLETED AS OF JUNE 25 2013 ๐Ÿ™‚

Original post: I will begin my 495km compassionate journey from Port Hardy to Victoria to raise money for the BC SPCA, Recreation Integration Victoria and the Mustard Seed Food Bank. I am extremely passionate about making this run a success because I believe that these are fantastic organizations who play a huge part in the well-being of our community.

The success of this run depends on the generosity of the community and the compassion of caring people from all walks of life. Corporate sponsorships as well as individual donations are encouraged to help make it a success. It has been a dream of mine to fund-raise for charity while at the same time engaging in an activity that I love the most. I am extremely thankful that I have the opportunity to use my fitness to help others. It’s really the biggest reward out there.

I train very hard and I see this run as an opportunity to use my passion to help three great community organizations and make a difference in the lives of people and animals.

To donate, please go to my Canada Helps Giving Page. The money goes directly to the charities if you use that page. For those of you who cannot donate online, if you live in Victoria or any of the communities on Vancouver Island we can collect the money/cheques/etc.

The following are the organizations that will benefit from my run:
BC SPCA:
The BC SPCA’s mission is to eliminate cruelty to animals in addition to protecting and enhancing their quality of life. The BC SPCA has locations all over British Columbia and ensures that domestic, farm and wild animals are given the gift of comfort, safety and security. Every year, the BC SPCA finds homes for over 19,000 abandoned animals.

Recreation Integration Victoria:
Recreation Integration Victoria aims to facilitate active and healthy lifestyles for people with disabilities. Participation in recreation and leisure activities is vital for quality of life and people with disabilities have the right to that opportunity just like everyone else. Being able to feel like you are part of the community and participate in activities that you like is a very important factor in the quality of one’s life.

The Mustard Seed:
The Mustard Seed has been helping people living in poverty since 1975. The programs and services of The Mustard Seed are 100 per cent community-funded and include Vancouver Islandโ€™s largest food bank, counseling, advocacy and outreach services, a drop-in centre with a coffee shop, clothing bank, haircuts, nursing and chapel, a family centre with life skills programs and an addictions recovery program at Hope Farm Healing Centre. The Mustard Seed relies on approximately 40 volunteers per day to serve those in need.

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