Time to train for lifesaving run

It’s never too early to get in the best shape of your life.

Russ Burke

Russ Burke

It’s never too early to get in the best shape of your life.

And it’s never too early to start planning for one of the premier fundraisers for health care support.

Representatives from central Vancouver Island’s financial institutions are busy planning the ninth annual Run for Life fundraiser at Bowen Park in Nanaimo.

The starting gun sounds May 27, so participants should have plenty of time to set a goal for a first five kilometre run, or inspire family, friends, and co-workers to get in shape for a good cause.

The fun run/walk is held each year in support of the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation. This year’s proceeds help help raise $4 million for the purchase of essential medical equipment at the new emergency department scheduled to open this summer at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Organizers are hoping to register more than 200 participants and raise $20,000 in pledges.

Last year’s top pledge earner, Russ Burke, from Canadian Western Bank, was inspired by co-worker Leanne LeFevre to collect pledges from colleagues and friends.

“I encourage folks of all ages to get involved. It is not a difficult walk nor does it take much time,” said Burke. Much to my surprise the $665 I raised last year put me in first place in terms of funds raised. I hope someone will double that amount for [this] year.”

Burke said the  regional hospital is an important resource for the community – especially as residents get older.

“It is a huge economic driver for our community, providing family supporting jobs, attracting new medical professionals and folks wishing to relocate to our area,” he said.

To register online with a pledge, or as a runner please go to www.nanaimohospitalfoundation.com/run or call 250-755-7690.