Correction re Operation Cover-Up Sponsorship

United Way officials would like to make a correction with regard to one of its special sponsors for “Operation Cover-Up”.  The Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services were listed as a contributing sponsor.  For the past 20 years, the Chatham-Kent Professional Fire Fighters Association has been a co-sponsor of this great program.  It is important for the general public to know that the used winter coats are picked up – off-hours – by Association Volunteers – not during the hours they are employed by the Chatham-Kent Fire Service.  

United Way expresses its regret for this error and wishes to acknowledge – and thank – the members of the Chatham-Kent Professional Fire Fighters Association for their ongoing gifts of time and talent to this worthwhile community building project.

Zombies are coming to Chatham-Kent

 RUN FOR YOUR LIFE because zombies are taking over Chatham-Kent! Think you have what it takes to outrun the undead and survive the Zombie Apocalypse?  Try your luck on October 25th at the first Running Dead- Zombie Run! 

This 5km fun run features various obstacles including zombies ready to infect anyone who gets too close!  Here’s how it works: each runner will receive a flag belt with three “health” flags. If you make it to the end of the course with at least one flag intact you have survived the Zombie Apocalypse. If all your flags have been removed by zombies you have become infected but are welcome to finish the course. 

Runners are encouraged to dress up but not allowed to bring any weapons or replica weapons to the race. Any shoving, hitting or kicking of zombies will not be allowed. Sure, the zombies look real, and are pretty scary, but everyone is here to have fun. 

Not only are we looking for people who wish to run, we are also in need of people to dress up as zombies. Zombies will be required to arrive in costume and spend the afternoon chasing, taunting and frightening runners. 

The run for your life begins at 3:00 p.m. at CM Wilson Conservation Area. For full rules and to sign up to run or be a zombie please visit

All proceeds from this event go towards the 2014 United Way Campaign, which supports over 30 agencies and programs in our community. 

If you have any questions about this event please contact Margery Muharrem at

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