The Kids Running for Kids group in Williams Lake will be introduced to the crowd during the first performance of the 86th annual Williams Lake Stampede starting tonight Friday, June 29 at 6 p.m., says spokesperson Angela Manning.
The team will be sitting together in their red suits which also fittingly salute the Stampede’s wear red day to honour those serving Canada in the military.
This year funds raised by the Stampede’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink day at Stampede on July 2 will go to benefit Diane Johnston (Sheer) and Kids Running for Kids who are raising funds for Vancouver’s Children’s Hospital.
Kids Running for Kids will also have a booth behind the grandstands during the four days of the rodeo, where they will collect donations for and promote the BC Children’s Hospital.
The team will be in the parade Saturday and have a booth at the Street Party on Saturday in front of Subway which will feed the runners lunch before they head off to the Williams Lake Secondary School track at 3 p.m. to run, collect donations and promote Children’s Hospital.
“We will be introduced by a Williams Lake city delegate and members of Community Policing will do the first lap at the track with the group to start their eight days of running in communities from Williams Lake to Vancouver,” Manning says.
“The group will be tallying kilometers ran over the eight days, positive that the number will far exceed the distance from Williams Lake to Vancouver.”
The group invites everyone to stop and encourage this group as they raise money to present to BC Children’s Hospital on July 7. A special invitation goes out to any family that has used the Hospital to join us at our rallies.”
In connection with CN Rail’s Miracle Match charity campaign with the BC Women’s Open Golf, CN is supporting BC Children’s Hospital and will match every donation KRFK raises during their trip, dollar for dollar. We are encouraging anyone who is able to donate to join us at one of the following locations on our route.
KRFK has raised more than $52,000 to date and hopes with the Miracle Match by CN Rail, to see the amount fly high, Manning says.
Donations can be made at any of the group’s booths or online at www.bcchf.ca/kidsrunningforkids.
The team itinerary is as follows:
Sunday, July 1: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., booth and run at the 108 Heritage Site Canada Day Celebrations; 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. booth at the South Cariboo Tourism Centre.
Monday, July 2: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Reg Con Park in Clinton; 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cache Creek Recreational Park.
Tuesday, July 3: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Kumsheen Secondary School in Lytton; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Park in Boston Bar.
Wednesday, July 4: 1 p.m. intro at Harrison Hot Springs Community Hall with welcome by mayor and local music at the Plaza (including bagpipers piping the group into the Village); 3 p.m. run at Harrison Lagoon; 4 p.m. barbecue and celebrations at community hall.
Thursday, July 5: noon booth and run at Fraser Heritage Park.
Friday, July 6: 9 a.m. rally at Memorial Peace Park with intro from Maple Ridge Mayor who will accompany the group and follow to Pitt Meadows; 11 a.m. run along the dyke from Jerry Selina Park, Maple Ridge to Spirit Square, Pitt Meadows to be greeted by Pitt Meadows Mayor and community hosting rally.
Saturday, July 7: meet at Beth Israel and run as a group to BC Children’s Hospital for Noon official presentation of cheque and social with sick kids and staff of hospital.