Pictured here presenting a gift of $5,000 to the Deep River and District Hospital Foundation, from left to right, are event organizers Colette Giroux and Amy Joyce (back row), along with DRDH Foundation summer student Rayan Ben Letaifa, DRDH Foundation Board Member John Walden, and DRDH Foundation Executive Director Chris Doucette. Missing from the photo are Kitchissippi team members Barb Gallagher, Melissa Cloutier, and Amanda Haughton.
On September 30, 2018, the 7th annual Kitchissippi Run took place through the Petawawa Research Forest. The event was another great success, raising $5,000 for the Deep River and District Hospital Foundation and attracting 170 participants. Participants and their families alike had a great time at the Canadian Forces’ Teddy Bear Clinic, on the bouncy castles, and more.
Mark your calendars, because Laurentian Hills will be host to the 8th annual Kitchissippi Run on October 6, 2019. The Kitchissippi Run (and bike), starts at the Chalk River Lions Hall and is a fun community event for the entire family as well as a fundraiser for our local hospital. It is anticipated that the Canadian Forces will host another Teddy Bear Clinic this year, which will be an adorable addition to the other activities for participants and their families. Funds raised this year will be applied to the DRDH Foundation’s Focused on You major campaign, which aims to raise $1.75 million for the purchase of new diagnostic imaging equipment for our hospital. Equipment purchases will include a new X-ray machine, portable X-ray machine, and ultrasound machine. Thanks to the dedication of the Foundation and their tireless volunteers, as well as the generosity of our communities, the campaign has now reached nearly 60% of their $1.75 million dollar goal.
Participants at this year’s Kitchissippi Run will once again get to enjoy the beautiful fall scenery in the Petawawa Research Forest by walking, running or biking with friends and family. Distances include a Full Marathon bike or run (42.2 km), a Half Marathon bike or run (21.1 km), a 10 km run, a 5 km run as well as the 2 km Family Fun route. There is special early bird pricing on registration fees until August 31, 2019. If you are unable to participate in the event yourself, you can pledge a runner or biker through the Race Roster website, or the old-fashioned way with a pledge form. Pledge forms can be accessed on the Kitchissippi Run Facebook group and there are some awesome prizes and incentives for participants who bring in donations.
To sign up for the Kitchissippi Run, or to find out more information, please find the group on Facebook or visit the Race Roster website by clicking HERE.