Walking for a cause
Red Shoe Crew gears up for September event
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.