Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is just over a week away and I’m looking forward to running once again alongside nearly 50,000 participants.
Race Weekend is an amazing experience no matter what distance you do – it’s also a lot of fun for spectators. What many people don’t know about Race Weekend is that everyone has the opportunity to give back to local charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.
Last year I joined forces with the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) and it gave my training and race so much more meaning.
This year, there are 64 charities in the Charity Challenge including several that have a direct impact on local youth.
As an educator, it’s exciting to see these initiatives. Young people are our future leaders, and it’s crucial that we provide them with the skills and resources they need to succeed.
If you agree that Ottawa youth have infinite potential, I encourage you to check out these charities participating in Race Weekend:
Start2Finish breaks the cycle of child poverty by providing ongoing educational support to Canada’s at-risk children throughout their school years. The charity operates two Running & Reading clubs in Ottawa that provide children with running shoes, books, supplies, and snacks.
Christie Lake Kids enriches the lives and prospects of economically disadvantaged children through quality year-round programming. Approximately 600 at-risk children directly benefit from CLK experiences every year at both their camp facility (located on Christie Lake near Perth, Ontario) and at strategically located year-round programs offered in various low-income communities in Ottawa.
The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa has served the Ottawa community since 1923, reaching out to 4,500 children and youth each year through after-school, weekend and summer programs that build self-esteem and help to develop stronger social skills. After-school and weekend hours are a critical time for youth. That time can represent either an opportunity to learn and grow through quality after-school programs or be a time of risk to youth’s health and safety.
In my experience, whether you raise one dollar or a hundred, fundraising is a fabulous way to motivate yourself for the race.
If you’re running next weekend and want to help, it’s not too late to choose a charity! It only takes a couple minutes here:
Not running? You can still support the charity of your choice by making a onetime donation. Or, you can look up friends, family, and coworkers who are raising money and donate to their specific page here:
Every step helps young people in our community!