Third annual Fasd colour run held in SRFN
On Saturday, Sept. 8, Serpent River First Nation (SRFN) held its third annual fetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD) Colour Run in Cutler.
Band member and community wellness nurse Amanda Cook, together with help from Sarah Gareau, put a great event together this year including a catered barbecue lunch of chicken breast on a bun, homemade burgers, salad and refreshments for those participating in the run.
Rick Duncan, a DJ from Mobile Sound in Elliot Lake, provided upbeat music before and after the run at the Lifestyles Centre.
Giveaways of SRFN FASD Colour Run tee shirts took place prior to the 11 a.m. start of the four-kilometre run. Beginning at the powwow grounds the course wound its way through the village then back to the Lifestyles Centre for lunch.
Everyone from infants in buggies to seniors took part in the run including families with three generations present. The Simpson family including grandmother Laurie, daughter Amber with her two young children Caiden Commanda and baby brother Ma’iingun all took part in the run.
Laurie was diagnosed with FASD about five years ago.
“I always knew there was something different about me, my mom told me that she drank when she was pregnant with me.”
Simpson is one of many individuals affected by FASD in all walks of society. For Simpson, the diagnosis “cleared a lot of thing up.”
She is registered in the bracelet program identifying her as a victim of FASD.
According to Simpson, although she does not wear the FASD identification bracelet every day, “I wear it when I go out, when I go away for a weekend.”
When Simpson was first diagnosed, she “struggled to get help.” She acknowledges today the young people are getting help; however, “they should help the older people too, it would probably benefit the younger ones,” she said.
Wellness nurse Amanda Cook was pleased with the turnout. The weather cooperated with a sun filled day and a cool breeze making things comfortable for the runners.
“National FASD Day is celebrated yearly on Sept. 9. With FASD being prevalent in First Nation communities, it is important for us to recognize the need for health promotion and prevention,” Cook said.
She continued, “alcohol and pregnancy do not mix.”
Everyone participating in the run managed to finish including elders and those pulling baby buggies. First runners to finish were community health nurse Lois Bomberry and Caleb Mcleod, a young community member.
Participants in SRFN FASD Colour Run in front of the SRFN Lifestyle Centre after Run.
SRFN members Laurie Simpson and her daughter Amber with children Caiden and Ma’iingun before starting the run.