Runners shatter record

NANAIMO – Annual run raises more than $32,000 for hospital foundation.

Polita Rositano

Polita Rositano

Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation’s Run for Life shattered all previous records, making 2013 the most successful run in the event’s 10-year history.

The fun run, co-hosted by financial institutions on Central Vancouver Island, saw 200 participants and 40 volunteers raise more than $32,000. In the last decade the Run for Life has raised almost $140,000 for healthcare close to home.

“Every year we are so impressed by the determination of the runners and their family and friends who support this grassroots fundraiser,” said Greg Scott, run co-chairman. “This year there were more teams and more runners out on the course than ever before. It was fantastic. It really makes it all worthwhile and we cannot thank them enough.”

The prize for top pledge-earner went to Mai Pham for the second year in a row with $2,065.

The most successful fundraising team was Board for Life, made up of the foundation’s board of directors who collected more than $6,000 in pledges.

Heath Law turned out the largest teams, with 18 participants running the course and raising the third largest team amount.

Pledges raised during the 2013 event have been directed toward the purchase of equipment for the new emergency department at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

The new space opened to the public in October 2012 and the foundation is on the homestretch to its $4-million goal to outfit the department.