Walk­ing for a cause

Red Shoe Crew gears up for Septem­ber event

The Compass - - NEWS - BY MELISSA JENK­INS

With Septem­ber right around the cor­ner, Red Shoe Crew walk or­ga­niz­ers in New­found­land and Labrador have kicked off their fundrais­ing sea­son.

Money raised from this event goes to the Ron­ald McDon­ald House of New­found­land and Labrador, which is lo­cated in St. John’s next to the Janeway Chil­dren’s Health and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre and the Health Science Cen­tre.

The walk takes place on Septem­ber 19th and 20th in var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties across the province, and has ever since just be­fore the Ron­ald McDon­ald House opened in 2012.

This year, the Trin­ity-Conception-Pla­cen­tia re­gion will see walks in Bay Roberts, Car­bon­ear, Heart’s Con­tent, New Har­bour/Dildo and Pla­cen­tia, all un­der the guid­ance of New Har­bour res­i­dent An­nette Hig­don.

Hig­don, who was last year’s re­cip­i­ent of a Help­ing “Hand” award for her ded­i­ca­tion to vol­un­teerism, has been in­volved with Ron­ald McDon­ald House for years, even be­fore it was built. She now holds the po­si­tion of re­gional di­rec­tor for the Trin­ity, Conception and Pla­cen­tia bays.

Along with lo­cal vol­un­teers and the or­ga­ni­za­tion, she has been suc­cess­ful in host­ing one of the largest groups of par­tic­i­pants, with over 200 peo­ple get­ting in­volved each year. The suc­cess Hig­don has ex­pe­ri­enced and the gen­eros­ity she has wit­nessed gives her a strong sense of self-sat­is­fac­tion for help­ing oth­ers.

Not only does Hig­don over­see the events in the re­gion. Along with her hus­band Chris, she also or­ga­nizes the walk in New Har­bour/Dildo. Last year it raised $20,000.

“Last year we were for­tu­nate enough to have Ron­ald (McDon­ald) at­tend our walk, which made for a very ex­cit­ing day,” she told The Com­pass.

Although many reg­u­lars get out to par­tic­i­pate in the walk, Hig­don in­vites all new­com­ers to grab a spon­sor sheet and hit the pave­ment with them on the day of the walk.

There are also var­i­ous meth­ods be­ing used to raise money for the walks. In Hig­don’s town last year, for ex­am­ple, they hosted a Snow White tea party the night be­fore, with ap­prox­i­mately 150 peo­ple in at­ten­dance. A pi­rate party is planned for both boys and girls Sept. 18.

This year the New Har­bour/ Dildo event will be Sept. 19 with reg­is­tra­tion at 10 a.m. at the Com­mu­nity Five Lions Cen­tre.

Provincewide, the event raised some $240,000 last year.

For those who would like to get spon­sor sheets, take part in an event or do­nate to the Ron­ald McDon­ald House of New­found­land and Labrador, you can con­tact Hig­don at 582-3445 or 683-4343. She can also be reached by email at ahig­don@nlh.nl.ca.

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