Fun Colour Run will help fam­i­lies in need

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Front Page - Matthew Gourlie

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Moose Jaw has two ma­jor an­nual fundraisers: one for clean­ing up and one for get­ting dirty. Fol­low­ing their an­nual spring gala fundraiser in June, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Moose Jaw will host their third an­nual 5 km Colour Run, Walk or Skip on Satur­day, Sept. 15.

The Colour Run af­fords lo­cal peo­ple and busi­nesses the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity beyond vol­un­teer­ing at a build site or at­tend­ing the gala. “It’s a fam­ily-friendly event. You can run it; you can walk it. It’s a min­i­mal charge. The early bird rate is $30, plus the pro­cess­ing fee for the on­line reg­is­tra­tion por­tion,” said Heidi Tiller, a vol­un­teer with the fund de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee for Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Moose Jaw. It’s a great way to sup­port Habi­tat, and in the last two years we’ve raised just over $24,000. It’s been an amaz­ing suc­cess, from the run­ners who have par­tic­i­pated in this, as well as all of the spon­sors.”

The Colour Run sees run­ners ar­rive in clean white shirts and then run through four colour sta­tions; then take part in a colour party at the fin­ish line as all of the rac­ers are cov­ered in a rain­bow of colours. The event has been well-at­tended in the pre­vi­ous two years. Tiller is hop­ing for an even greater turnout this year.

“We had just over 300 last year and we’re re­ally hop­ing for up­wards of 500 if that would be pos­si­ble,” she said.

Early bird reg­is­tra­tion is $30 up un­til and in­clud­ing Aug. 31. The fee in­creases to $45 in Septem­ber. Chil­dren aged 5-10 are $15. Fol­low­ing a 15-minute open­ing cer­e­mony, the race will be­gin at 10 a.m. at the Ki­wa­nis Pav­il­lion and skat­ing oval (301 River Park Drive) in Wakamow Park. In­ter­ested run­ners can reg­is­ter on­line for the first time at www.eventbrite.ca (search for ‘HFH Moose Jaw 5km colour run’). Pa­per reg­is­tra­tion is also avail­able at In­vest­ment Plan­ning Coun­cil (1021 9th Ave. NW), W.J. Jones & Son (106 Athabasca St. E.) and at the Moose Jaw Cham­ber of Com­merce. “Reg­is­tra­tion has been go­ing pretty well,” Tiller said. “Usu­ally it’s slow up un­til al­most the last two weeks of Au­gust, so we have a good amount of peo­ple reg­is­tered and we have a cou­ple of spon­sor­ships al­ready as well.”

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Moose Jaw builds sim­ple, de­cent and af­ford­able houses and pro­vide in­ter­est-free mort­gages to low-in­come, work­ing fam­i­lies who would not oth­er­wise be able to pur­chase their own home.

“We no­ticed at our gala this year that the num­ber of spon­sor­ships were down a lit­tle bit,” said Bill Harris, Chair­man for Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Moose Jaw. “It’s syn­ony­mous with the fact that the econ­omy is a lit­tle lighter around these parts now, but more homes are for sale and busi­ness is maybe start­ing to come back.” “We’re pretty con­fi­dent that we’re go­ing to at­tract an­other good crowd and we hope to build on the num­ber of peo­ple we drew last year.”

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