The Toronto Bold And Cold 5k run hosted by Team Unbreakable Nov. 28 was sold out, with 530 people participating. The run also raised over $26,000 which will be used to help improve programming and expand its services to new schools in new communities.
“It was an excellent event and perfect weather. Everyone commented on how they loved it, from the students, teachers, parents and community members,” said Program Director Nils Blondon. There were over 300 participants from Toronto-area elementary and high schools, one from the hospital run therapy teams and a group from York University.
“The support was fantastic, from those who volunteered to help on race day, to those who pledged donations to the runners and contributed materials or supplies. We especially like to thank Anthony’s No Frills in Parkdale for their generous donation of all the food and drinks for the event. They brought a team of about 15 people with them who either ran themselves with family members or helped distribute the bagels, bananas, juice and hot chocolate.” Anthony’s No Frills also supported the costs of having D. J. Elegance entertain all participants with great motivational music.
“We had two Platinum donors in Cynthia Solomon and Patricia Wright who contributed significantly towards our program and we couldn’t have done it without the over 20 members of the High Park Rogue Runners who came out to marshal and hand out medals. Simone Sicard has been a long-time volunteer at our registration desk and Amanda Brown coordinated the food tent for us. Longboat Roadrunners lent us their timing clock and Mark Trenton volunteered once again as our race course lead. Thank you for everyone’s contribution!” said Nils.
Team Unbreakable is busy preparing for expanding its programs in the 2020 winter-spring session and on Dec. 8 there will be a training program for new and existing coaches. If you would like to support the charity’s winter fundraising campaign, the Board of Directors is doubling the impact by matching all donations received. https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/teamunbreakable/