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.
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.
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.