Run for the Kids Raises $80,000 for the CTC-CK

Celebrating a Successful Fundraising Event “For the Kids”

(CHATHAM, ONTARIO) – June 26, 2023

The Run for the Kids first annual charity run took place in Rondeau Provincial Park on June 25, and raised $80,000 for the Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation of Chatham-Kent (CTC Foundation). Participants of all ages and abilities came together to run, walk or move either a 200m or a 5km distance, with each kilometer representing a step towards supporting local kids and families.

The Run for the Kids event was a grand success, with 250 participants and an overwhelming show of support from the community, 40 of those were kids under 12 that ran the 200m event.  Everything kicked off early in the morning, with participants gathering at the starting point, brimming with enthusiasm and determination. The event also featured live music, a BBQ, and crafts and activities for children, creating a family-friendly atmosphere for all.

The Run for the Kids event exceeded all expectations, both in terms of participation and funds raised. It managed to attract a diverse range of participants, including individuals, families, corporate teams, and local organizations including Enbridge as the Champion sponsor, who supported the event with funds as well as a strong volunteer team on event day.

“The success of the event can also be attributed to our participants and their supporters, our sponsors, volunteers and staff that worked together to pull this event off.” Mike Genge, President of the CTC Foundation. “The dedication and hard work of everyone involved was instrumental in creating a memorable experience, all for our CTC kids and families.”

In 2023, all CTC Foundation events are being redesigned to ensure that the focus is on raising community awareness and funds to support special programs for CTC children and their families. Not all services at the Children’s Treatment Centre are covered by government funding. Programs like Social Work, Therapeutic Recreation Services and Music Therapy are all funded by the CTC Foundation. Proceeds from this event will mean families continue to receive connection, comfort and support by accessing these services.