Bat­tling the rain

5K for Re­lay raises $300 for Ac­cess Health­care Cen­tre’s Re­lay for Life team

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Ac­cess Health Care Ser­vices’ fought through the rain to host the sixth an­nual ‘5K for Re­lay’ event.

This year saw 31 run­ners and walk­ers reg­is­ter for the fundraiser at the Pem­broke Wa­ter­front Park am­phithe­atre gazebo on May 6.

Along with lo­cal reg­is­trants, the event at­tracted many from far and wide in­clud­ing two par­tic­i­pants from Pickering, two from Carl­ton Place, one from Cob­den and one from Round Lake.

The cold and rainy weather did not dis­cour­age the de­ter­mined par­tic­i­pants from en­gag­ing in the five-kilo­me­tre event in which they walked, ran or strolled along.

Through the reg­is­tra­tion fees, the fundraiser raised $300 of which 100 per cent will be go­ing di­rectly to the Ac­cess team’s fundrais­ing ef­forts for the Petawawa Re­lay for Life in sup­port of the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety.

“It was our cold­est, wettest and windi­est yet,” said Tammy Hehn, di­rec­tor of client ser­vices with Ac­cess Health­care Ser­vices. “There was flooded ar­eas and lim­ited ac­cess to the path. Our par­tic­i­pants were en­thu­si­as­tic, per­sis­tent and com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the fight against cancer. There was also time to play, run and have fun in the pud­dles. It was a very suc­cess­ful day.”

The event is just one of sev­eral that the team holds in the leadup to the Petawawa Re­lay For Life event, sched­uled this year for June 9, 2017.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ac­cess Health­care Ser­vices' sixth an­nual 5K for Re­lay raised $300 on May 6. Par­tic­i­pants bat­tled the rainy weather in sup­port of the char­i­ta­ble cause that day. Help­ing with the even were (from left) Tammy Sch­wantz, Cheryl Teeter, Joey Allen and Wayne Soulier.

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