Bols fa­mi­ly and friends lace up for fun run

Ste­ven Bols (left) mans the re­gis­tra­tion table as Frank Bols si­gns in for the la­test Run for the Bols fa­mi­ly fun­drai­ser over the Thanks­gi­ving wee­kend in Rus­sell.

Le Reflet (The News) - - FRONT PAGE - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­lain@eap.on.ca

Nei­ther gloo­my skies nor blus­te­ry wind can de­ter the Bols fa­mi­ly from their goal of fun­drai­sing for the Win­ches­ter Dis­trict Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion. A good­si­zed ga­the­ring of the Rus­sell-ba­sed fa­mi­ly ga­the­red Sa­tur­day mor­ning over the Thanks­gi­ving long wee­kend to do their best five ki­lo­metres in the se­mi-an­nual Run for the Bols.

“We’ve had th­ree runs, eve­ry se­cond year,” said He­len Lan­thier, one of the co-or­ga­ni­zers of this year’s fa­mi­ly fun run.

The ori­gi­nal Bols fa­mi­ly—all 12 sons and daugh­ters plus their pa­rents—have had both re­gu­lar and emer­gen­cy medical dea­lings with the Win­ches­ter Dis­trict Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal (WDMH).

The fa­ci­li­ty holds a spe­cial place in their hearts.

“We all wan­ted to do so­me­thing to give back,” Lan­thier said, ex­plai­ning the origin of the run. “It star­ted off as a fa­mi­ly thing. We’re a large fa­mi­ly, born and rai­sed in Rus­sell.”

Scat­te­red so­mew­hat across Eas­tern On­ta­rio, mem­bers of the Bols fa­mi­ly re­turn to Rus­sell vil­lage when they are able, so they can take part in the Run for the Bols. The bro­thers and sis­ters now wel­come their nieces and ne­phews, and al­so fa­mi­ly friends who may feel a strong con­nec­tion with the WDMH.

“We’re al­ways around 50 people (par­ti­ci­pa­ting),” said Lan­thier.

The Run for the Bols is a five-ki­lo­metre course star­ting with the Rus­sell Trail then bran­ching off on­to Fo­rest Road up to the lo­cal conser­va­tion area then loo­ping around the fi­nish the cir­cuit via the Rus­sell Trail. All pro­ceeds go to the WDMH Foun­da­tion to sup­port hos­pi­tal pro­grams and spe­cial pro­jects.

—pho­to Gregg Cham­ber­lain

Ste­ven Bols (left) mans the re­gis­tra­tion table as Frank Bols si­gns in for the la­test Run for the Bols fa­mi­ly fun­drai­ser over the Thanks­gi­ving wee­kend in Rus­sell. The Bols fa­mi­ly hos­ted more than 50 par­ti­ci­pants this year for its se­mi-an­nual fun­drai­ser event for the Win­ches­ter Dis­trict Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion.

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