The Mustard Seed Hosts PCN Women’s Fun Run this Saturday (May 12)
Red Deer PCN Women’s Fun Run Helps Feed Children in Need
Red Deer, AB. – On Saturday, May 12, 2018 more than 1,200 women of all ages will come together at the Red Deer PCN Women’s Fun Run to raise funds in support of The Mustard Seed’s School Lunch Program in Red Deer. All proceeds go to The Mustard Seed.
“The Mustard Seed cares deeply about women’s health; so it is a great partnership in an event that is so focused on healthy living for women of all ages, and about bringing people together in our community,“ says Byron Bradley, Director of Central Alberta for The Mustard Seed. “We were so thankful for the $20,653 that was raised in 2017. Last Year, with the generosity of Red Deerians, we were able to serve over 54,000 lunches to children in Red Deer.”
The run has four different events with options for all ages and abilities, a Health, Wellness and Gift Expo with more 70 vendors, more than 100 prizes, and a variety of family fun and interactive actives. Activities include the Stantec Kidz Zone, the State & Main coffee lounge, The Mustard Seed concession, power wheel gator rides for the kids courtesy of Deermart, complimentary massages from Alberta Institute of Massage, games from Mastermind Toys, manicures, pedicures, dry cuts and hair fun from MC College and much more.
Over $10,000 in prizes
Garrett Scott and Kipp Scott GMC Cadillac Buick have donated a 4 month (8,000Km) lease on a brand new Cadillac ATS-V as the grand prize for fundraisers. The 10 participants who raise the most money will be entered into a draw to win. The grand prize includes $500 towards insurance expenses for the car from The Co-operators Insurance and a $500 gift certificate from Clowes Jewellers.
The Red Deer Catholic School districts and SUBWAY® have joined forces for the SUBWAY® School Challenge, to encourage our school age girls to embrace fitness and a healthy lifestyle. The school with the highest percentage of participants wins a SUBWAY® celebration party.
Many local businesses have also donated amazing draw prizes, swag bag stuffers and finishers’ prizes for our participants, including more than 100 age group awards totaling more than $4000, courtesy of One Tooth Active Wear.
“We are so thankful for the awareness that this amazing event brings to our work, and for the opportunity to engage and partner with so many supporting businesses and community groups. We are looking forward to the event on May 12, 2018 and hope to meet many new people from across Central Alberta,” says Byron Bradley.
In partnership with the Red Deer Primary Care Network, the Women’s Fun Run has had nearly 6000 participants cross the finish line and has donated more than $50,000.00 to local charities. Their goal is to inspire women and girls to get out, be more active and to give back to their community.
About The Mustard Seed:
The Mustard Seed is a Christian non-profit organization that has been caring for men and women experiencing poverty and homelessness since 1984. The Mustard Seed delivers basic services, housing and employment programs to those in need and partners with the community to address the root causes of poverty. https://theseed.ca/
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The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce will be convening a Task Force of community and business leaders to address the issues of homelessness and identify actionable steps which can be taken to tackle this generational challenge in Red Deer.
“With the release of the City of Red Deer’s Point in Time (PIT) Report on homelessness last week we are very concerned and disappointed with the effectiveness of the strategies currently in place, and the urgency by which we need to turn this situation around within our city,” commented Scott Robinson CEO of the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce. “Clearly our current strategies are not enough, and we need to elevate the urgency by which we get things done to reduce the number of citizens who are without a place to live. The growing number of people who are homeless is not sustainable and is impacting on our sense of pride, safety and attractiveness of our city to business and industry.”
“We will share more about this Task Force and the next steps in the coming weeks. Time has run out to act with conviction, courage, and clarity. Our community and citizens deserve that from our community leaders, and we are ready to bring the business community and the urgency required to the table.”
Over the next 60 days, the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce will be reaching out to its business and social agency partners to build the Task Force on homelessness and establish a strategy to address the critical steps that need to be taken to reverse the trends and further our community’s vision as a vibrant and healthy city.
Matt Cassidy, Chamber Board President. remarked “Our Chamber is positioned to be the collaborative leader in connecting our business community, social agencies, and elected officials together, to find tangible progress on this complex issue. All businesses rely on the vibrancy of our community as they strive to be sustainable, innovative, or grow, and the results of the PIT Report indicate that we need to do much more. This task force will help hold our leaders accountable for the actionable progress needed and engage one another effectively.”
“In speaking with our membership, and those working closely with the vulnerable populations there are best practices and models for delivery that are successful in other parts of the world that we need to start implementing” says Robinson. In addition, we need to look at ways that our private sector can get more involved and bring their expertise and strategic thinking to the table. As a collaborative community we also need to ensure that governments at all levels are delivering on their promises of affordable housing and eliminating barriers to expediting these investments.
Established in 1894 the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan, collaborative business leader representing over 825 member businesses. As one of Red Deer’s oldest and most established membership organizations we are striving to build a vibrant community that fosters an environment where businesses can lead, be innovative, sustainable, and grow.
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