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by Brad Aubin
Runners and walkers of all ages braved chilly, snowy weather on the morning of Saturday, April 28 to help raise funds for the West Nipissing General Hospital Foundation. The 150 participants challenged themselves to a 1-mile, 5 km or 10 km run around the community, in the 6th annual Run 4 Health fundraiser.
“We are thrilled!” beams WN General Hospital CEO Cynthia Desormiers. “This is by far our best year since we began this great event 6 years ago. Every year, it seems to grow bigger and better. We were so pleased to see all the students out from Jeunesse Active and White Woods Public School along with many other participants! The weather really didn’t deter folks from coming out and supporting a good cause, as well as staying healthy. It’s become an exceptional event!”
The day kicked off with a short warm-up on hospital grounds, and then it was off to the races as the 5km and 10km runners took off at the same time and headed towards Evansville, followed by those registered in the “Hospital Mile,” which looped around the hospital grounds. Several families took part together, and runners ranged in age from 4 to 70.
The event raised approximately $3,500 through registration fees and pledges collected by participants. The hospital will be putting the money to good use. “Fingers crossed that we get final approval for our computed tomography (CT) scanner. With the approval, a lot of the fundraising will be going towards that. Also, our managers are currently building a wish list for new equipment, and when they have it finalized they will do a presentation to the Foundation, and ask for money to go towards equipment,” Desormiers explains.
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