Red Deer’s ‘reimagined’ Fun Run aims to ensure no child goes hungry

The annual Red Deer PCN Women’s Fun Run has been ‘reimagined’ and is set to take place on May 9. 

In previous years, the event saw hundreds of participants gather and take part in a 1 km, 3 km, 5 km, and 10 km course. This year, the event is going virtual.

Participants can register for free, make a commitment to be active on May 9 and be part of a virtual celebration of health and community. By registering, participants will also be entered into draws for some fantastic prizes. As in the past, the event is raising money for The Mustard Seed’s School Lunch Program.

A gift of $10 provides lunches to one child for one week, $40 for a month. For a minimum donation of $25, participants will receive a tax receipt from The Mustard Seed as well as a special gift from Lazy One Canada.

In 2019, The Mustard Seed provided 66,000 free lunches to Red Deer students who were in need. 

“We strive to create equity in our schools by reducing barriers for students. The Mustard Seed Lunch Program allows us to achieve that,” said Stu Henry, Superintendent of Schools.

Even though schools are closed, they are continuing to supply lunches to vulnerable children as the need continues to grow.

As for the event on May 9, participants are free to choose the type of activity they do, as long as they follow the recommendations from the Alberta Government for self-distancing and staying safe.

Whatever activity you choose on that day, whether it be running, walking, hiking or taking part in your favourite online workout, make sure to connect on social media by using the hashtag #funrunreimagined.

For more information and to volunteer, visit www.womensfunrun.com.

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