But­ter­fly Run Quinte re­turns to Belleville May 7

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - FRONT PAGE - LUKE HENDRY

Run­ners and fam­i­lies can help oth­ers deal­ing with preg­nancy and in­fant loss by sup­port­ing the sec­ond-an­nual But­ter­fly Run Quinte May 7 at West Zwicks Cen­ten­nial Park’s Lions Pavil­ion.

Last year the run’s founders launched the event with the goal of rais­ing $5,000 for sup­ports at Belleville Gen­eral Hospi­tal, home of the re­gional ma­ter­nity depart­ment, also known as Quinte 7.

But the in­au­gu­ral run raised more than $76,000, stun­ning founders Barb Mat­teucci and Lo­ralee McIn­roy of Stir­ling and Belleville’s Beth Primeau.

They used the funds to cre­ate be­reave­ment kits: shoe­box-size pack­ages full of in­for­ma­tion, per­sonal mes­sages and var­i­ous sup­plies for moth­ers and fam­i­lies deal­ing with mis­car­riages or the deaths of in­fants. The kits are dis­trib­uted in the ma­ter­nity depart­ment plus the emer­gency de­part­ments of Quinte Health Care hos­pi­tals in Belleville, Trenton, Ban­croft and Pic­ton. Pro­ceeds from the run also cov­ered the cost of sen­si­tiv­ity train­ing for staff via the Preg­nancy and In­fant Loss (PAIL) Net­work.

“We’ve had re­ally pos­i­tive feed­back from nurses as well as from peo­ple who’ve ex­pe­ri­enced a loss,” said Primeau.

An es­ti­mated 600 peo­ple at­tended the first run last April at Belleville’s Jane For­rester Park.

“So far it seems like the mo­men­tum is still there,” Primeau said.

“Our goal this year is to raise $100,000. It’s pretty am­bi­tious.”

Or­ga­niz­ers are again work­ing in part­ner­ship with the Belleville Gen­eral Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion, the or­ga­ni­za­tion fund­ing the pur­chase of all med­i­cal equip­ment.

“The money this year will be go­ing to the pe­di­atric be­reave­ment fund, which will con­tinue to fund train­ing for the staff as well as pro­vide money for the kits that we do. As well, funds will go to­ward needed equip­ment for Quinte 7,” Primeau said.

“It’s some­thing that’s go­ing to con­tinue to hap­pen to peo­ple in our com­mu­nity so we want to make sure the pro­grams are in place to sup­port them when it does hap­pen.”

The run has also helped to raise aware­ness for two PAIL sup­port groups in the area: one deal­ing with loss and an­other for moth­ers who are preg­nant fol­low­ing a loss.

Last year’s run helped to open a pub­lic con­ver­sa­tion about such dif­fi­cult sub­jects and Primeau said that’s led to more peo­ple seek­ing sup­port. She said it’s even led to aid for peo­ple be­fore an ex­pected loss oc­curs.

Run­ners in­ter­ested in re­ceiv­ing the tech­ni­cal (ath­letic) shirt em­bla­zoned with the run’s logo must reg­is­ter by April 1.

Reg­is­tra­tion on run day will be­gin at 8 a.m. at the park’s Lions Club Pavil­ion (near the north­west park­ing lot). Open­ing cer­e­monies, in­clud­ing a mo­ment of si­lence, will start in the pavil­ion at 9. The short walk for fam­i­lies starts at 9:30 a.m., with the five- and 10-km runs be­gin­ning at 10 a.m.

An on­line silent auc­tion is also be­ing or­ga­nized for the run’s Face­book page.

To reg­is­ter for the run and, if de­sired, set up a page to gather pledges, visit but­ter­fly­run­quinte.ca. More in­for­ma­tion is also avail­able at face­book.com/ but­ter­fly runqu in te.

And for more about the PAIL Net­work’s sup­port pro­grams, visit pail­net­work.ca or call 1-888-3017276.

LUKE HENDRY/INTELLIGENCER FILE PHOTO

Run­ners be­gin the five-kilo­me­tre stretch of the But­ter­fly Run at Jane For­rester Park in Belleville in May 2016. This year's run will be in West Zwicks Cen­ten­nial Park May 7, but early reg­is­tra­tion ends April 1. The run funds sup­ports for fam­i­lies fol­low preg­nancy and in­fant loss.

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