CK Harvest Run sees record number of participants and funds raised

5km Run First Place Caen Suni

The Chatham-Kent Harvest Run took place on Sunday, September 28, 2014. The fourth year for this event saw a record number of participants with 339 people registered to walk or run. 

The addition of a half marathon attracted new participants and the increase in numbers can also be partially attributed to the corporate challenge groups from Union Gas, Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, Continental Tire, Entegrus, Defiance Running Club and Maple City Crossfit. 

Besides the half marathon, the event included a kid’s dash, a five kilometer walk/run and a ten kilometer run. Custom medals were awarded to participants in all events with special ribbons to the top finishers for each age group. All participants also received a commemorative race buff. 

Ashley Church, event Volunteer Coordinator says, “This event has been thoughtfully planned by a committee of volunteers who have worked for months to create this seamless event. We would like to thank the approximately 50-60 volunteers who came out to encourage racers and ensure everyone had a safe and enjoyable time. ” 

With the record number of participants also came a record number of total funds raised- $29,153 – up by about $5,500 over 2013. The proceeds go towards United Way’s Community Fund supporting over 30 agencies, programs and services across Chatham-Kent. 

To find out more about the Chatham-Kent Harvest Run please contact David Drouillard at 519-354-0430 or david@uwock.ca 

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Operation Cover-Up Program for 2014 Launched

United Way officials today announced the launch of the 2014 Operation Cover-Up Program – a partnership with The Salvation Army and several other contributing sponsors including Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services, May Court Club of Chatham, the Prosperity Roundtable and Chatham-Kent Police Services. 

According to Mary Symons, United Way’s Good Neighbours Co-Ordinator, “We are looking for coats of all sizes – male, female, children, toddlers and infants – with an emphasis on men’s plus sized and toddlers and infants coats.” 

The program begins with a COLLECTION PERIOD which runs – during business hours – from today until Saturday, 2014 OCT 18, followed by a DISTRIBUTION PERIOD which runs from Tuesday, 2014 OCT 14 to Saturday, 2014 NOV 15. 

Those wishing to donate a used winter coat are encouraged to take them to the following DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:  Blenheim – Libro Financial; Chatham – Betty Brite, Bondy’s Cleaners, Chatham Cleaners, Community Cleaners and Winners; Dresden – Jackson’s Seeds, McBrayne Feed and Supply Ltd., McKellar’s flowers and Gifts; Ridgetown – Chatham-Kent Police Station; Thamesville – Vivian Cleaners; Tilbury – Community Cleaners at Kara’s Rose Garden and Wallaceburg – Community Cleaners at Flynn & Burgess Grocery and Westown Cleaners. 

Those wishing to receive a used winter cost can secure a COUPON at The Salvation Army Family Services, ODSP, Employment and Social Services and United Way offices in Tilbury, Wallaceburg and Chatham.  Coupons can be redeemed during the DISTRIBUTION PERIOD at The Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Chatham, Ridgetown and Wallaceburg, The Salvation Army Food Bank at the Blenheim Baptist Church and the Tilbury Information and HELP Centre. 

Over the last 28 years since its inception, United Way’s Operation Cover-Up Program has distributed over 60,000 warm winter coats, hats and mittens to families in need throughout Chatham-Kent. 

For more information about this year’s Operation Cover-Up Program, please contact Mary Symons at 519-354-0430.  

CNIB Grand Opening

Today, CNIB held the Grand Opening of their new offices located at 4900 Wyandotte St. E. Suite 200, Windsor, Ontario.  Their new location is considerably more accessible – they are on two bus routes – bright and cheery, and provides a professional atmosphere for the staff and clients.  CNIB will be celebrating 100 years of service to communities in 2018, and have undergone a strategic development exercise to aim them over the next four years.  Their two main goals are:

1. To integrate rehabilitation therapy for Canadians living with vision loss into the continuum of care so essential services are available to and covered for every person who needs them.

2.  To redefine CNIB’s role as a charity that is relevant and meaningful to all Canadians in anticipation of the organization’s second century. 

CNIB is one of the six charter member agencies of United Way of Chatham-Kent, joining the “family” in June, 1948. 

L to R: Sherry, Malcho – Regional Director, Betty Leeson – Regional Manager, Jan Huebert – Regional Leadership Council, Shauna Boghean – Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Percy Hatfield – MPP Windsor-Tecumseh, and Len Baker – Executive Director Regional Vice President CNIB Ontario and Nunavut Services and Operation.