Fun Colour Run will help families in need
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.”